+ What are the benefits of this pilot?
The potential for the expansion of existing ocean uses and the addition of emerging uses make clear the need for an integrated and adaptive approach to governance and use of this ocean space. To ensure that we achieve our planning goals of coordinating a comprehensive and inclusive ocean planning process, many of the pilot’s goals and outcomes (including our boundary) have not been predetermined; they will be largely informed by what is identified through the planning process. This provides ocean users the opportunity to participate in supporting how management decisions for their ocean space are made by offering feedback and input, and voicing their interests and concerns through a transparent and adaptive process.
+ How are these waters managed currently?
Activities within state waters are managed by a number of local, regional, and state agencies, depending on the type of activity or the resource being used. Federal agencies and tribal governments may also have management authority over certain locations or uses specific to their particular jurisdiction. The State Lands Commission manages the sovereign lands under state waters off San Diego County. The California Coastal Commission ensures that all activities within state waters and into the Coastal Zone are compliant with the Coastal Act. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife manages the species and their habitats within state waters. These are just some examples of resource management in this ocean space. The pilot’s planning tool and management framework will not supersede any jurisdiction or authority; rather, it is meant to foster coordination and collaboration amongst resource managers to achieve greater environmental quality and support economic opportunities.
+ Are you zoning the ocean?
While both partners manage Public Trust uses, we are not regulatory bodies and do not intend to establish ocean use zones. The intent of this pilot is to take a comprehensive, ecosystem-based approach to better understand what the current ocean uses are in this offshore space, where they occur, and how they interact. Through this process, we want to develop a framework that supports decision-making for both managers and ocean users.
+ Why should the public care about this?
The ocean is a valuable resource that provides food, energy, recreation, and other goods and services that we have enjoyed and relied upon for generations. In addition, the long-term sustainability of ocean ecosystems and marine wildlife populations are vital to our health and culture. As existing and emerging ocean uses expand, we hope this will elicit widespread participation and enthusiasm in the effort to protect and manage these ocean resources through responsible planning and stewardship.
+ Is this a part of the West Coast Regional Planning Body (RPB)?
This pilot is not a sub-region of the West Coast Regional Planning Body, primarily because it is located solely within state waters. However, we have and will continue to work closely with the West Coast Regional Planning Body to ensure that our effort is as comprehensive as possible.
+ What is the relationship between this initiative and the Port of San Diego's Integrated Planning process?
Integrated Planning is a multi-faceted and comprehensive approach for managing and planning the uses within Port tidelands. Integrated Planning will conclude with an update to the Port Master Plan, which serves as a guide for future uses and development by designating allowable land and water uses and the types of development, recreation, and environmental conservation efforts throughout the Port’s jurisdiction. Integrated Planning covers only the Port’s jurisdiction on tidelands, whereas the pilot focuses on the ocean areas offshore San Diego County.
+ How can I contribute data?
Please click on this link to connect with our staff and learn more about our data submission process.