Introduction: Marine spatial planning in the age of offshore energy

Katherine L Yates, Johanna Polsenberg, Andronikos Kafas, Corey J A Bradshaw

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This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book explores the utility and underpinning rationale of marine spatial planning and describes how marine spatial planning can provide an integrated framework that brings together and guides sectoral management. It also explores the displacement of existing uses and focuses on the fishing community as the sector most directly and detrimentally affected. The book considers the often under-appreciated cultural ecosystem service of seascapes, and how offshore energy development can affect them. It examines and illustrates that the stakeholder participation is central to marine spatial planning and to achieving effective and 'optimal' plans. The book discusses that the ways in which offshore energy companies and conservation groups can develop mutually beneficial working relationships around the shared objective of reduced risks. It also considers potential co-location opportunities between offshore energy and fisheries, both wild capture and aquaculture.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOffshore Energy and Marine Spatial Planning
Subtitle of host publicationMarine spatial planning in the age of offshore energy
EditorsKatherine L Yates, Corey J A Bradshaw
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor and Francis
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781317356424, 9781315666877
ISBN (Print)9781138954533
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Publication series



  • offshore energy development
  • marine ecosystem
  • growth


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