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Looking for Safe Harbor in a Crowded Sea: Coastal Space Use Conflict and Marine Renewable Energy Development.

TitleLooking for Safe Harbor in a Crowded Sea: Coastal Space Use Conflict and Marine Renewable Energy Development.
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsHarte, MJ, Campbell, HV, Webster, J
Date Publishedjun
PublisherCoastal Society
Keywords2010-2011 Annual Report, Digital open access, Digital Open Access in 2010-2011 Annual Report
AbstractTechnological advances in the marine renewable energy industry and increased clarity about the leasing and licensing process are fostering development proposals in both state and federal waters. The ocean is becoming more industrialized and competition among all marine space users is developing (Buck et al. 2004). More spatial competition can lead to conflict between ocean users themselves, and to tensions that spill over to include other stakeholders and the general public (McGrath 2004). Such conflict can wind up in litigation, which is costly and takes agency time and financial resources away from other priorities. As proposals for marine renewable energy developments are evaluated, too often decision-makers lack the tools and information to properly account for the cumulative effects and the tradeoffs associated with alternative human uses of the ocean. This paper highlights the nature of marine space conflicts associated with marine renewable energy and describes key issues for the growth of the marine renewable energy sector in the United States.
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1957/17332