Multiple ocean planning efforts exist around Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. These efforts include partnerships that bring together local, state, federal, and tribal governments, as well as data sharing opportunities. Visit this page to learn more about some of these regional efforts, including the West Coast Regional Planning Body and the West Coast Ocean Partnership under the West Coast Governors Alliance.
West Coast Regional Planning Body
Established in 2015, the West Coast Regional Planning Body (RPB) is a partnership between federally-recognized tribes, federal government agencies, and the states of Washington, Oregon and California focused on enhanced coordination and communication around planning and management of current and emerging ocean uses, as well as information and data-sharing on the West Coast of the U.S.
The group began discussion between federal, state and tribal governments in 2013, deciding to form an RPB in early 2015, and finalized a charter in early 2016. It is currently initiating enhanced stakeholder engagement and outreach throughout the West Coast.
The RPB provides a regular forum for government co-managers to communicate and collaborate around existing and emerging uses of the ocean along the West Coast. The full RPB supports this dialog for the full region, while sub-regional planning teams are in various stages of development to discuss more local scale ocean uses and needs. Over time, the RPB has an option to develop sub-regional and/or regional "ocean plans" that would be agreed to by the full membership. The plans are not binding or legally enforceable in any way, but are intended to help provide predictability and transparency about how government groups can effectively plan for managing our oceans.
Visit the West Coast Regional Planning Body website for more information.
West Coast Ocean Partnership
- Improves understanding of regional ocean health issues and respect for shared regional priorities.
- Addresses shared regional opportunities by connecting people, information, approaches and resources.
- Builds upon existing efforts.
- Informs policy, planning and management.
On September 18, 2006 the Governors of California, Oregon and Washington announced the West Coast Governors' Agreement on Ocean Health. The Agreement, now called an Alliance, launched a new, proactive regional collaboration to protect and manage the ocean and coastal resources along the entire West Coast, as called for in the recommendations of the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy and the Pew Oceans Commission.
- Clean coastal waters and beaches
- Healthy ocean and coastal habitats
- Effective ecosystem-based management
- Reduced impacts of offshore development
- Increased ocean awareness and literacy among the region’s citizens
- Expanded ocean and coastal scientific information, research, and monitoring
- Sustainable economic development of coastal communities
Visit the West Coast Ocean Partnership webpage: http://www.westcoastoceans.org/
West Coast Ocean Data Portal
The West Coast Ocean Data Portal (WCODP) is a project of the West Coast Governors Alliance on Ocean Health (WCGA) to increase discovery and connectivity of ocean and coastal data and people to better inform regional resource management, policy development, and ocean planning.
The Portal will inform priority West Coast ocean issues such as tracking sources and patterns of marine debris, adaptation to sea-level rise, understanding impacts of ocean acidification on our coasts, and marine planning.
The Portal links existing data systems together to provide an easy to use gateway to discover ocean and coastal data. Coastal decision-makers, researchers, and stakeholders use the Portal to access data and decision-support tools they need to understand and address high-priority regional issues. The Portal includes visualization tools to help coastal managers track marine debris to help prioritize clean ups and advocate for policies to reduce the impact of trash on our beaches.