Could The Marine Resource Committee Model Be America's Coastal Solution?

August 20, 2023

Redefining marine resources: local voices amplified!

In this episode of the American Shoreline Podcast, hosts Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham unravel the innovative approach of the Island County Marine Resources Committee with Dr. Jill Lipoti and Patrick Havel. Delve into how the committee is revolutionizing the way local voices are incorporated into pivotal decisions affecting the ocean and coast. Could this be the future template for other regions across the American shoreline? With a rich blend of sustainability knowledge and global scientific expertise, Jill and Patrick advocate for a fresh, community-centric model in marine resource management that might just set the precedent for other regions to follow.

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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.