FL Legislature tasks FOA with creating strategic plan for our oceans and coasts

Stakeholder Workshops Summary

This document presents the draft outline for Securing Florida’s Blue Economy: A Strategic Policy Plan for Florida’s Oceans and Coasts. This plan outline has been prepared from information gathered from the Florida Ocean Alliance (FOA) Board of Directors, Steering Committee for the Plan, stakeholder workshops, and other similar plans. The goals and strategies presented in this outline are draft and may be modified during plan development. The actions associated with each of the plan strategies are under development.LIST OF ACRONYMS AND ABBREVIATIONSEXECUTIVE SUMMARY

SECTION 1. BACKGROUND
1.1 Florida Ocean Alliance
1.2 Need for the Plan
1.3 Plan Vision
1.4 Cross-Cutting Themes

SECTION 2. OCEAN AND COASTAL RESILIENCE
2.1 Issue Summary
2.2 Goals
• Create human systems that are resilient to the effects of climate change.
• Integrate government, non-governmental organization, and private sector efforts to identify risk-based vulnerabilities to climate change to make informed and adaptative planning decisions that will improve coastal resilience.
2.3 Strategies
1. Plan for the effects of climate change in coastal infrastructure projects to enhance resiliency.
2. Continue research to understand the implications of climate change for Florida and utilize clean technologies to improve efficiency and resiliency.
3. Manage and mitigate equitably the individual and community impacts of resiliency strategies.
2.4 Actions
2.5 Outcomes

SECTION 3. THE FLORIDA OCEAN AND COASTAL ECONOMY
[Note: Fuller development of each part of this section is pending review of the economic report.]
3.1 Issue Summary
3.2 Goals
• Provide information to decision-makers to ensure they are well informed about the economic benefits of Florida’s oceans and coasts and the potential economic losses if the oceans and coasts are not made more resilient.
• Identify innovative measures that leverage the potential of oceans and coasts for Florida’s economy in new ways.
3.3 Strategies
• Take proactive steps to provide aquaculture facility support for food production and restoration.
• Others to be determined
3.4 Actions
3.5 Outcomes

SECTION 4. WATER QUALITY AND HARMFUL ALGAL BLOOMS
4.1 Issue Summary
4.2 Goals
• Improve water quality to support human and ecosystem health and a vibrant economy.
• Reduce the frequency, intensity, duration, and impacts on human and wildlife health of harmful algal blooms (HABs).
4.3 Strategies
1. Increase coordination and collaboration among current local and state water quality data collection efforts.
2. Implement septic system upgrades, septic-to-sewer conversions, and wastewater treatment upgrades.
3. Reduce nonpoint sources of urban and agricultural pollution in stormwater runoff and groundwater.
4. Manage the quantity, quality, timing, and distribution of freshwater flows to support ecosystem health.
5. Improve capabilities to predict HABs to reduce associated human and wildlife health impacts.
4.4 Actions
4.5 Outcomes

SECTION 5. HABITATS
5.1 Issue Summary
5.2 Goals
• Implement ecosystem management and habitat restoration that support long-term resilience and key species.
• Promote sustainable coastal and ocean fisheries.
5.3 Strategies
1. Map and assess the location, distribution, and condition of Florida’s ocean and coastal habitats.
2. Enhance research to improve understanding of the best methods to restore and protect coastal and near-shore ecosystems and related species.
3. Implement a strategic, coordinated, and science-based recovery plan for recreational and commercial fisheries.
5.4 Actions
5.5 Outcomes

SECTION 6. OWNERSHIP FOR PLAN IMPLEMENTATION
6.1 Issue Summary
6.2 Goals
• Create transformational leadership at the federal, state, and local levels for oceans and coasts issues.
• Invest in actions to create a public that takes individual responsibility and supports investments in Florida’s oceans and coasts..
• Increase communication, cooperation, collaboration, and coordination within and across sectors on solving oceans and coasts issues.
6.3 Strategies
1. Establish an executive-level public and private advisory and coordination group for ocean and coastal issues.
2. Establish and fund a state-level public awareness and outreach program to improve understanding of what individuals can do to assist with creating resilient oceans and coasts.
3. Ensure the Florida Legislature is aware of and understands the importance of oceans and coasts to Florida’s identity, quality of life, and economy.
6.4 Actions
6.5 Outcomes

SECTION 7. PLAN FINANCING
7.1 Issue Summary
7.2 Goals
• Provide for sufficient and consistent funding to meet the state’s oceans and coastal needs.
• Create integration among coastal communities, partners, and citizens to leverage local funding to achieve the plan actions.
7.3 Strategies
1. Develop an integrated approach with all partners to identify and secure dedicated and consistent funding for ocean and coastal planning and projects.
2. Identify financial needs to meet the plan actions and investigate opportunities for entities to increase their revenue generation.
7.4 Actions
7.5 Outcomes

SECTION 8. SUMMARY OF PLAN ACTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

SECTION 9. REFERENCES