NEWPORT – Oregon’s Nearshore Research Task Force will meet next Wednesday and Thursday in Newport.
The group was created in 2009 to advise state agencies about how to ”ensure the protection and utilization of Oregon’s nearshore resources.”
The meeting will be 10 a.m. to 5: 30 p.m. on Wednesday and beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday at the Hallmark Resort, 744 SW Elizabeth Ave., Newport.
The task force was created by the Oregon Legislature in June 2009 to bring together representatives from universities, state agencies, industry and the public to plan for future needs for the management and protection of Oregon’s nearshore ocean, which extends from the shoreline out to three nautical miles.
The initial meetings will focus on a review of documents that guide resource management and to set the course for deliberations in 2010.
Wednesday’s agenda includes presentations by several state agencies involved in nearshore ocean management, including Fish and Wildlife, Gov. Ted Kulongoski’s office, Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development and Oregon Sea Grant.
The Task Force includes seven members from state agencies and seven members appointed by the governor to represent local government, conservation, commercial and sport fishing interests, along with non-fishing coastal industry and recreation interests.