Interim Findings of an Ocean Policy Study for the State of Mississippi

by Richard J. McLaughlin, Univ of Mississippi, University, United States,
Laura S. Howorth, Univ of Mississippi, University, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '91


In 1989, the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Legal program received funding from the National Sea Grant Program to produce an Ocean Policy Study for the state of Mississippi. The goals of the study are slightly different from those of other state studies. Because Mississippi's ocean management infrastructure is at such an early stage of development in comparison with most coastal states, the study's primary emphasis is to encourage the state to adopt an effective ocean management institutional framework rather than to provide detailed issue-specific policy recommendations. The study examines specific ocean use issues, but solely within the context of developing a working agenda and information source for future policymakers once a proper management framework is put into place. In effect, the primary purpose of the study is to convince state policymakers that there are many reasons why Mississippi needs effective and integrated ocean resources planning.

Subject Headings: Ocean engineering | Seas and oceans | Coastal management | Legal affairs | Financing | Infrastructure | Comparative studies | Information management | Mississippi | United States

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