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We ALL own the ocean--that's what makes it so extraordinary. And here in Oregon, we're lucky enough to have unrestricted access as well, thanks to the Beach Bill. But with that right comes responsibility: we have to work together to manage it wisely. And, although some folks use the ocean for surfing, some for fishing, and some just like to walk along the shore and watch the birds or other critters, everyone deserves the same respect, and everyone should have a say in new laws.
That's the main thing I've taken away from what I've read about Oregon's ocean planning discussions: they're very open, and people from all over the state are welcome (encouraged, even) to weigh in and say what areas they think should be set aside for which activities. There are obviously some places offshore that are unique enough to warrant full protection--just like we have park on the land. But we still have to accomodate shipping, wave energy, fishing, etc. The main thing is to find the right balance, so we have some safe havens where the fish and shellfish can grow and multiply, while leaving plenty of space for all the different human uses as well.
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