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 diverse and 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 membership of OPAC is defined by ORS 196.438.  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.


Read more: The Ocean Policy Advisory Council

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

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:

  • Elected City Official
  • Statewide Public-at-large
  • Ports, Marine Transportation or Navigation
  • Statewide Conservation/Environmental Organization Representative
  • South Coast Sport/Recreational Fishing
  • South Coast Government
  • South Coast Commercial Fisheries (reappointment possible)
  • North Coast Commercial Fisheries (reappointment possible)

Application Close Date - April 30, 2020 (the office of executive appointments will receive applications after the deadline, the applicants will be considered at a later time).

OPAC Upcoming Events


Time and Date
Meeting Information
Rocky Habitat Working Group Meeting

 Monday, April 26

1:00 - 5:00 PM


Meeting Agenda

Meeting Materials

Ocean Policy Advisory Council

May 17, 2021


 Meeting Agenda (Coming Soon)

Meeting Materials


For information on the upcoming amendment to the Territorial Sea Plan Part Three: Rocky Habitat Management Strategy, visit the TSP Rocky Habitat Strategy Amendment page. To view past meeting agendas, summaries, etc., visit the Rocky Habitat 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. Please check this site again for additional updates and information about future meetings and events.


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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