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Tools and the Future Spotlight on Ocean Uses Tools help marine planners understand expanding ocean use. by DR. CHARLES M. WAHLE, PHD National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Marine Protected Areas Center DR. MIMI D'IORIO, PHD National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Coastal Services Center MS. JULIA G. TOWNSEND Marine Policy Consultant All along the shorelines, coastal communities and economies rely heavily on healthy, accessible, and productive waters and the ecosystem services they provide. Not only does civilization have a long and vibrant tradition of visiting the sea for sustenance, livelihoods, recreation, education, spiritual renewal, energy, and national defense, but understanding these deeprooted ocean connections — their origins, values, and vulnerabilities — is vital to sustaining healthy and productive oceans for today and future generations. Diverse Uses, Regional Concerns Driven by growing populations, energy demands, technologies, and global trade, the human impact on the oceans is expanding rapidly. The explosion of ways to use and enjoy the ocean brings with it vast opportunities and real threats to what we value most from our waters. Growing societal concerns over potentialecosystemimpactsandconfictsamonguses has spurred some states and regions to embark on proactive marine planning initiatives to envision a sustainable ocean future. Examples of the diversity of current and emerging ocean uses in US waters. Left to right: a scuba diver swims amid a school of fsh in the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary (photo by G.P. Schmahl); Chumash Tomol 'Elye'wun Indian paddlers crossing at Santa Cruz Island (photo by Robert Schwemmer); and a containership transiting the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Calif. Photos courtesy of NOAA / Department of Commerce. 68 Proceedings Fall 2013 www.uscg.mil/proceedings