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.
Upcoming OPAC Events
Time and Date
May 23, 2023
9:00AM - 3:00PM
Oregon Department of State Lands, Salem, OR
For information on to the Territorial Sea Plan Part Four: Uses of the Seafloot, 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 open positions listed below:
- North Coast Commercial Fishing Interest
- North Coast Charter, Sport, and Recreational Fishing Interest
- Ports, Marine Transportation, or Navigation Interest
- Non-consumptive Recreation Interest
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.
- Position Announcement
- Additional Information on The Ocean Policy Advisory Council
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OPAC Working Groups
Current and past working groups of the Ocean Policy Advisory Council.
Meeting agendas, documents, and videos of the Ocean Policy Advisory Council