Three components of the scientific research included a literature review, a geospatial database, and ethnographic research. The literature review surveyed the professional, grey, and peer-reviewed literature on spatial conflicts in the marine environment. Summaries of the literature tracked how stakeholders resolved, mitigated, and addressed space use conflicts. A geospatial database was developed to include available GIS data and new GIS data produced by the study team. The ethnographic data collection occured by engaging individuals and small groups in one on one guided discussions. In addition, the study team convened larger group meetings to describe the study and to develop contacts for further research.