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The complex nature of the issues facing the Peconic Estuary makes communication and collaboration among numerous stakeholders and regulatory entities a necessity. For example, the PEP Management Conference consists of various committees featuring representatives from local government, marine industries, academia, non-profit organizations, and citizens representatives. This institutional framework relies on the experience and knowlege of the individuals involved and operates based on consensus. A collaborative approach is utilized not only in the structure of the Management Conference, but in the implementation of a majority of the projects and programs carried out in support of the PEP Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan.