The 2013 Legislature established the Oregon Ocean Science Trust and Fund (ORS 196.565-569). The duties of the Trust are to:
- Promote peer-reviewed, competitive research and monitoring that leads to increased knowledge and understanding of Oregon's ocean and coastal resources.
- Promote innovative, collaborative, community-oriented, multi-institutional approaches to research and monitoring related to Oregon's ocean and coastal resources.
- Enhance the state's capacity for peer-reviewed scientific ocean and coastal research.
- Subject to available funding, establish and execute a competitive grant program to conduct research and monitoring related to Oregon's ocean and coastal resources.
The Department of State Lands is responsible for providing a facility and administrative support for the meetings of the Trust as needed. The Oregon Ocean Science Fund is established in the State Treasury.
The Trust is comprised of five voting members appointed by the State Land Board, and two non-voting members from the legislature (one Senator and one Representative).
The Oregon Ocean Science Trust official website may be found at http://www.oregon.gov/DSL/OOST/Pages/OOST.aspx. The site contains member contact information, meeting summaries, reports, and information on rulemaking activities related to the Trust.