Oregon is currently engaged in a variety of ocean planning and management activities that will affect the future of our ocean ecosystem and economy. This website will help you learn about these activities and about opportunities to be involved. Be sure to check the calendar of Upcoming Ocean Events, the Latest Additions of publications and announcements, and the list of Most Popular articles and information about Oregon’s ocean.
On April 28, 2017, President Trump issued Executive Order 13795, outlining an America-First Offshore Energy Strategy. As a key piece of this strategy, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke issued Secretarial Order 3350 directing BOEM to begin the process of developing a new Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program (National OCS Program) to replace the 2017–2022 Program. This plan potentially opens an estimated 90% of the continental shelf to oil and gas leasing. Public comment is currently being collected (ends March 9, 2018), and public meetings are scheduled for throughout January and February, 2018.
- Learn more about the Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program
- Visit the BOEM Website
- Submit a public comment (ends March 9, 2018)
Managing Oregon’s Rocky Shores: A Shared Responsibility
In fall 2018, DLCD will gather decision makers across the state to begin an amendment to the Rocky Shores management chapter (Part III) of the Oregon Territorial Sea Plan (TSP). The plan acts as a coordinated vision for Oregon coastal resources and guides the actions of state and federal agencies that are responsible for managing coastal and ocean resources in the public trust. The amended rocky shores plan will incorporate the best available science and consider the needs, concerns, and values of Oregonians balanced with the state’s goals for a resilient coastal ecosystem that can provide enduring opportunities for its users.
View the " pdf Rocky Coast FAQ (418 KB) " and the " pdf Citizens Guide to the Oregon Territorial Sea Plan Rocky Shores Amendment (1.10 MB) " to learn more about the amendment process and how to get involved.
In 2017, the passage of Oregon Senate Bill 1039 created the Oregon Coordinating Council on Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia (OAH Council) to provide recommendations and guidance for the State of Oregon on how to respond to this issue.
Oregon was one of the first places in the world to observe the direct impacts of ocean acidification - oyster hatchery production collapsed in 2007. Acidification continues to challenge oyster aquaculture productivity and has caused some producers to move operations elsewhere. Also of great concern, acidification and hypoxia events are continuing to intensify and there are now clear signs that they are undermining the rich ocean ecosystem food web. Oregon’s iconic fisheries and the coastal communities that depend on them — both of which quintessentially define the world-renowned Oregon Coast — are at risk.
The sponsors of Senate Bill 1039, Senator Arnie Roblan (D) and Senator Jeff Kruse (R), recognized that Oregonians depend on our healthy coastal environment for fisheries, tourism, and recreation. They created the OAH Council to assemble interests that are currently and potentially impacted by OAH in Oregon. The OAH Council forum is composed of pdf members (279 KB) of State agencies, academic experts, stakeholders and Tribal interests, who will collaboratively develop recommendations, and advise the State on the implementation of actions to support the sustainability of Oregon’s ocean as OAH intensifies. The first OAH Council meeting is on January 25, 2018, with the first official report to the legislature due in September 2018.
Complementary with the OAH Council goals, Oregon is also partnering with the States of Washington and California as well as the Province of British Columbia to collaboratively build recommendations and actions that incorporate the unique needs and values of each jurisdiction, while also creating a unified regional strategy. The work of Oregon’s OAH Council will become part of this regional strategy, through the creation of Oregon’s OAH Action Plan. Oregon’s OAH Action Plan, to be finished by mid-2019, will describe state and local actions that will make a difference for Oregon in facing ocean acidification and hypoxia, as we plan for a more resilient future.
OAH Council Members – the list of 13 members and their representation
Meeting Information– includes dates, agendas, minutes, recordings
Council Resources – learn about the OAH Council and its work
Stay Updated – how to subscribe to email lists that will keep you informed of the OAH Council and other ocean policy issues in Oregon
The King Tide Photo Initiative is an international grass roots effort to document areas inundated by the highest projected winter tides. It started in Australia, when in 2009, they were expected to experience their highest tide (called a king tide) in over 18 years. They organized a photo event to document the effect of the tide on low-lying areas and received more than 2,000 photographs. In 2010, British Columbia and Washington both began to document their king tides, and in 2011 Oregon and San Francisco Bay joined in the project. In 2012, the King Tide phenomena spread to the east coast and continues to expand today.
Visit http://www.oregonkingtides.net/ to learn more.
In the United States, marine debris is defined as “any persistent solid material that is manufactured or processed and directly or indirectly, intentionally or unintentionally, disposed of or abandoned into the marine environment or the Great Lakes.” Oregon State law defines marine debris similarly. Marine debris is a growing global problem that harms the environment and commerce, and threatens navigation safety and human health.