Ocean Acidification & Hypoxia Action Plan 2019-2025

The OAH Council is pleased to announce the completion of their 2019 – 2025
Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia Action Plan!


Oregon’s OAH Action Plan, as adopted by Governor Brown, will guide Oregon’s efforts and become Oregon’s submission to the International Alliance to Combat Ocean Acidification, and thus will be shared with the region and world. Oregon’s OAH Action Plan is the roadmap for the next 6 years (2019-2025). It builds on the recommendations and actions developed in the Oregon 2018 OAH legislative report, but adds specific steps for implementation in the next 6 years, making it a meaningful way to invest in our future, to better adapt to and mitigate the problems we are already seeing, and which will worsen in the decades to come. The results of increasing Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia (OAH) have had far-reaching consequences, for both Oregon’s ocean ecosystem and the economy, consequences that we, as a society, are only just beginning to understand and quantify.

 Explore the Action Plan

  pdf Executive Summary (427 KB)

  pdf Appendix A (105 KB)

  pdf Appendix B (103 KB)

  pdf Appendix C (195 KB)

  pdf Appendix D (226 KB)

  pdf Oysters Species highlight (1.10 MB)

  pdf Salmon Species Highlight (2.06 MB)

  pdf Crab Species highlight (1.68 MB)

  pdf Take Action (1.95 MB)

  pdf Research Needs (446 KB)


Key Actions

  1. MONITORING NETWORK, to document oceanographic and biologic conditions, and socio-economic vulnerabilities relating to OAH

  2. REDUCE CAUSES of excess carbon dioxide (CO2) and factors that exacerbate Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia (OAH)

  3. RESILIENCE activities and initiatives, to help us adapt to change, both for Oregon’s human communities and ecosystems

  4. COMMUNICATIONS PLAN on OAH science, impacts, and solutions to raise awareness and support decision-making

  5. MOBILIZE AGENCIES to address OAH priorities


Every action requires state leadership and resources to implement projects that lead to better understanding of OAH and to adaptation and mitigation steps.  

Because Oregon is one of the first states to feel the impacts of OAH, it is our hope that these actions can serve as a model for others to apply to their own geographical and political context. This work will also help demonstrate that local actions are meaningful in fighting the global challenges of climate and ocean changes.