ASPN's 2019 in Review

Thank you for making 2019 a fantastic first year for ASPN!

Peter and Tyler close out the year looking back the biggest developments and trends and how ASPN covered them. They discuss the "ASPN Treatment" of the Maine lobster industry, which over 7 podcasts looked at the issues facing the lobster industry and the North Atlantic right whale. They also reflect on the many voices that came on ASPN, including ASPN show hosts, who all bring their perspectives and communities to the Network. Finally, discussion turns to the coastal and ocean trends of 2019 and the last decade, and what we might expect to see in 2020 and beyond.

Peter Ravella & Tyler Buckingham

Peter and Tyler joined forces in 2015 and from the first meeting began discussing a project that would become Coastal News Today and the American Shoreline Podcast Network. At the time, Peter and Tyler were coastal consultants for Pete’s firm, PAR Consulting, LLC. In that role, they worked with coastal communities in Texas, Florida, and North Carolina, engaged in grant writing, coastal project development, shoreline erosion and land use planning, permitting, and financial planning for communities undertaking big beach restoration projects. Between and among their consulting tasks, they kept talking and kept building the idea of CNT & ASPN. In almost every arena they worked, public engagement played a central role. They spent thousands of hours talking with coastal stakeholders, like business owners, hotel operators, condo managers, watermen, property owners, enviros, surfers, and fishermen. They dived deep into the value, meaning, and responsibility for the American shoreline, segment-by-segment. Common threads emerged, themes were revealed, differences uncovered. There was a big conversation going on along the American shoreline! But, no place to have it. That's where CNT and ASPN were born.