You are invited to a workshop hosted by MARCO and Surfrider Foundation, on behalf of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body’s No-consumptive Recreation Work Group, to engage the public in a discussion of the value of important non-consumptive recreational areas and the activities they sustain. Pizza and beverages will be served.
The Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO) and Surfrider Foundation are co-hosting a series of four workshops throughout the Mid-Atlantic region to convene ocean recreational users to provide input to the Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body’s Non-Consumptive Recreation Work Group. Workshops are being conducted in support of implementation of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Action Plan action: Identify, characterize, and share information about measures to maintain the recreational value of important non-consumptive recreational areas and the activities they sustain.
- To begin to define what it would mean for ocean and coastal uses and areas to be considered important for non-consumptive recreation;
- To solicit ideas for a process to identify and assess potential impacts and use conflicts to important non-consumptive recreational uses from other human uses, as well as potential impacts and conflicts between non-consumptive recreational uses and marine and coastal resources; and
- To explore ideas for effective two-way engagement processes to share information with and solicit input from ocean recreation users.
Please pre-register to make sure there is enough pizza!
For more information about the agenda (below), please contact: Kevin Hassell at: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about registration, please contact: Judy Tucker at: email@example.com
6:30 – 6:40 pm Welcome Remarks and Introductions
6:40 – 6:55 pm Overview of Mid-Atlantic Non-consumptive Recreation Use survey
6:55 – 7:00 pm Discussion Overview
7:00 – 7:10 pm Break
7:10 – 7:40 pm Discussion Session
Defining important areas
- What factors should be considered when defining an area as important for non-consumptive recreation? (examples from OAP include: intensity of use, contributions to local economies, maintaining dark skies and natural sounds).
- Can these factors be prioritized? (Prioritize list developed by participants either through show of hands plenary discussion or sticky dot voting on flip charts around room)
- Does the Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal cover these factors adequately? If not, where could we get that information?
7:40 – 8:10 pm Discussion Session
Identifying potential impacts and use conflicts
- How can we further identify and assess potential impacts and use conflicts to important non-consumptive recreational uses from other human uses (also other recreational uses)?
- How can we further identify potential impacts and conflicts between non-consumptive recreational uses and marine and coastal resources?
- Can these conflicts and impacts be prioritized?
8:10 – 8:30 pm Discussion Session
Developing effective engagement
- What do you see as the current barriers to effective two-way engagement processes where state and federal agencies are sharing information with and soliciting input from ocean recreation users?
- What is working/not working now?
- How can we improve engagement?
- Do other models exist?
8:30 – 8:35 pm Closing Remarks and Next Steps
8:35 pm Adjourn