Mitigation for Offshore Development/Fishing Conflicts

by Eugenia Laychak, E J L & Associates, Sacramento, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '91


Three case studies, WestGold gold dredging offshore Nome, Alaska, Endicott Causeway off Alaska's North Slope, and Platform Irene offshore California, show that project related impacts on fisheries are largely unknown. Also, success of mitigation in addressing the impacts varies depending on the level of knowledge and cooperation by interested parties. The studies also support the contention that first and foremost, clear policy directives from policy makers regarding the need for and acceptability of offshore oil production and mining is imperative for orderly coastal development and balancing of competing uses.

Subject Headings: Offshore platforms | Mitigation and remediation | Offshore drilling | Dispute resolution | Fish and fishery management | Offshore structures | Case studies | Dredging | United States | Alaska | California

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