Marine Spatial Planning: it involves surfers beachgoers and other recreational users

A new short film explores the opportunity to protect Washington's Pacific coast through marine spatial planning.

Filmmakers Chris Hannant and Gillian Montgomery interview Surfrider members and other stakeholders as they travel the state's rugged coastline.

"Marine Spatial Planning on the Washington Coast" is a simple documentary about simple actions that can be taken to protect coastal areas.

"Marine spatial planning sounds a lot more complicated that it really is. It's really just about being smart about how we use our oceans", says Chad Nelsen, environmental director at Surfrider Foundation.

"In the last couple hundred years, we've treated the ocean same as we treat the gold rush. First come, first served attitude".

Featuring beautiful scenery from the Olympic Peninsula, the film makes a compelling case for surfers, beachgoers and other recreational users to get involved with marine spatial planning.

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