The Ocean Policy Advisory Council


What is the OPAC?

The Oregon Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) is a legislatively mandated marine policy advisory body to provide, among other statutory charges, advice to the Governor, state agencies and local governments on ocean policy and resource management matters (ORS 196.433). OPAC membership is made up of representatives from coastal community interests, state agencies, conservation interests and the general public. Meetings of OPAC are usually held in communities along the Oregon coast. The OPAC operates following the policies and procedures established by the Council and recorded in their pdf Policies and Procedures document (38 KB) , which are summarized in a pdf set of slides (605 KB) .   


OPAC Meetings are open to the public and we invite all interested parties to attend meetings and give comment. View the Upcoming OPAC Events to the right of the page or visit the Current Events section below for information on upcoming OPAC meetings and other activities.


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Upcoming OPAC Events


Time and Date
Meeting Information
OPAC Meeting

June 14, 2024
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Virtual Meeting
Registration Link

Draft Agenda

OPAC Meetings Page 


For information on to the Territorial Sea Plan Part Four: Uses of the Seafloor, visit the TSP Part Four Working Group page. 

Draft meeting summaries, distributed documents portfolios, and presentations from the previous OPAC events and working group meetings are available from the OPAC Meetings page. Please check this site again for additional updates and information about future meetings and events.

OPAC Member Recruitment - Call for Applications

OPAC is currently accepting applications for multiple positions on the council. All interest applicants should follow the links below to learn more and to submit an application.

Ocean Policy Advisory Council Member Recruitment - Open until filled!

The Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) in partnership with the Office of the Governor, is seeking qualified applicants to serve on the Council in the open positions listed below:

  • North Coast Commercial Fishing Interest
  • North Coast Charter, Sport, and Recreational Fishing Interest
  • A member of the governing body of Clatsop, Lincoln or Tillamook County to be appointed by the Governor, chosen in consultation with and with the approval of a majority of the members of the governing bodies of Clatsop, Lincoln and Tillamook Counties;

Application Close Date - Open until filled (The positions are open until filled, the applications will be considered in coordination with the Senate Rules Committee).

Interested individuals may apply to the Office of Executive Appointments via an online submission.  Applicants must complete a basic application that tells the Governor’s Office about you, your background and why you want to participate on a Governor-appointed Board or Commission. You will need to include your resume, a short personal biography, and answers to supplemental questions.  The Council is asking all applicants to submit their electronic applications by the end of January 2023 for consideration during the upcoming legislative session.  Please visit the State of Oregon Boards and Commissions Website to view additional information that may be helpful in your application process.

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OPAC Working Groups

Current and past working groups of the Ocean Policy Advisory Council.

OPAC Meetings

Meeting agendas, documents, and videos of the Ocean Policy Advisory Council