What is the Territorial Sea Plan?

The State of Oregon holds the waters, shoreline, and living resources of its shoreline in trust for the public. The state has therefore established in law a program of planning and management that includes ocean resource goals and policies. The Oregon Territorial Sea Plan (TSP) was first adopted in 1994 and provides detailed guidance to state and federal agencies to manage uses within the state’s territorial sea, from shore to three nautical miles offshore. State ocean resources are governed by a tapestry of authorities at multiple government scales, and the TSP acts as a coordinating framework from which individual agencies institute regulations and management activities. 

The Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) was given the ability to amend the TSP when necessary to deal with new concerns as they occur.  

Click the "read more" button below to view the Territorial Sea Plan in it's entirety.

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Plan History

In 1991 the Oregon Legislature amended ORS chapter 196 to establish the Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) made up of a variety of ocean stakeholders, local governments, and state agencies, and charged it with providing the Governor and state agencies with policy advice on ocean matters.  The legislation gave the Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD), which includes the state’s federally-approved coastal management program, primary responsibility for ocean planning and providing assistance to OPAC.  One of OPAC’s basic duties was to prepare a Territorial Sea Plan (TSP) for managing the resources and activities in the state's territorial sea.  Click here to view the folder Oregon Territorial Sea Plan .

Click the "read more" button below to learn more about the history of the Territorial Sea Plan.

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TSP Rocky Shores Amendment


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.


Read more: TSP Rocky Shores Amendment

Get Involved in the Rocky Shores Update

The plan used to manage Oregon's rocky shores is being updated!
The State of Oregon invites all individuals, organizations, and governments to participate in this process so that all voices are heard!
Learn more about the management plan:  TSP Rocky Shores Amendment


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*The initial round of questionnaire collection will close for review on Sunday March 18, 2018.  
The questionnaires will then remain open until the end of the second round of collection ending April 30, 2018.
Final Questionnaire Closing Date:  April 30, 2018

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 Rocky Shores Public Workshops






Thursday, 2/22/18
6:30pm - 8:30 pm
University of Oregon
Baker Downtown Center
975 High St.
Eugene, 97401
Tuesday, 2/27/18
5:00pm - 7:00 pm
Agate Beach Inn
Cove Room
3019 N. Coast Highway
Newport, 97365
Thursday, 3/1/18
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Portland State Office Building, Room 1A
800 NE Oregon Street, Portland
Tuesday, 3/6/18
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Pringle Hall Meeting Room
 606 Church St SE
Salem, OR 97301
Thursday, 3/8/18
Cannon Beach
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Tolovana Inn
Warren Meeting Room.
3400 S Hemlock St
Tolovana Park, 97145
Thursday, 3/8/18
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Tillamook People‘s Utility District
Public Meeting Room
1115 Pacific Ave
Tillamook, 97141
Tuesday, 3/13/18
Coos Bay
9:30 am – 11:30 am
Coos Bay Public Library
525 Anderson Avenue, Coos Bay
Tuesday, 3/13/18
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Chetco Community Public Library
Myrtlewood Room
405 Alder Street, Brookings
Cape Perpetua
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cape Perpetua Visitor Center
2400 Hwy 101 N
Yachats, OR 97409
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TSP Plan Maps

View maps of the Territorial Sea, with layers that can be interactively switched on, including maps of: Part III Rocky Shores, Part IV Cables, and Part V Marine Renewable Energy Area Designations Map. 


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Resource Inventory Maps

Informed decision making, the heart of Goal 19 and the Oregon Ocean Plan, depends upon adequate information about ocean resources and uses and the effects of any proposed action on those resources and uses. This page contains information about ocean and coastal resource inventories, as well as interactive maps of existing resource inventory information.

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Territorial Sea Plan Advisory Committee

As part of the amendment process for Part V of the Oregon Territorial Sea Plan (TSP), concerning marine renewable energy development, a Territorial Sea Plan Advisory Committee composed of representatives from the Territorial Sea Plan Working Group and affected industry representatives was formed to provide input and recommendations for the final TSP rulemaking by the Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC).

Read more: Territorial Sea Plan Advisory Committee