MarineFisheries deals with complicated, intersecting policy issues, and faces challenges in managing the cumulative impacts of growth on marine habitat and fisheries resources. As coastal and ocean development pressures continue to rise, there is an increased call for Ecosystem Based Management, Marine Spatial Planning, and Ocean Management. Therefore, it is critical for the Division to identify, document, and address conflicting management and resource needs. Improved policies are necessary for protecting and restoring fisheries resources and habitat that support the cultural diversity and economies of coastal Massachusetts.
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