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 responsibility of stewarding the TSP, in conjunction with the Oregon Land Conservation and Development, when necessary to deal with new concerns as they occur.
Read more: What is the Territorial Sea Plan?
APRIL, 2021 UPDATE: Public comments submitted during the 30-day public comment period will be made available in the Public Comment folder. Additional comments will be added periodically. A pdf portfolio of most comments submitted through 4/8/21 has been compiled for ease of use. A final portfolio of all submitted comments will be added after the close of the public comment period on 4/15/21, and included in meeting materials for the Rocky Habitat Working Group and the Ocean Policy Advisory Council.
MARCH, 2021 UPDATE 2: Draft summaries of the rocky habitat proposal Agency Analyses are now available in the Evaluation Materials folder. Additionally, the Rocky Habitat Coordinator will be hosting VIRTUAL OFFICE HOURS March 31 and April 7 & 14, from 1:00 - 2:00 PM. Proposers and the public alike are invited to drop in virtually for questions or discussion on the rocky habitat process. Visit the OregonOcean.info events calendar at the bottom of the page for details.
Rocky habitat proposals submitted during the 2020 Initial Proposal Period are available at the links below. You may also view and interact with the proposed designations and site reports on the Rocky Habitat Web Mapping Tool. Submitted proposals are undergoing the review and evaluation process through winter and spring, 2021.
Submitted rocky habitat site management designation proposals:
Managing Oregon's rocky coastline is a shared responsibility. In fall 2018, the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) gathered decision makers across the state to begin an amendment to the Rocky Shores Management chapter (Part Three) of the Oregon Territorial Sea Plan (TSP). The plan acts as a coordinated vision for marine resources in Oregon 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 habitat 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.
The rocky habitat site management proposal process will re-open for submissions October 1, 2021.
To create and submit your proposal, access the Rocky Habitat Web Mapping Tool here:
The new Rocky Habitat Web Mapping Tool contains a wealth of coastal resource information, and provides an opportunity for interested members of the public to generate and submit proposals for coordinated management changes to Oregon's marine rocky habitats. Site designation proposals collected by this tool will be reviewed for potential incorporation into the Rocky Habitat Management Strategy.
Additional materials and helpful links:
For additional updates, please check the events calendar below or look on the Territorial Sea Plan page.
*PLEASE NOTE: Due to restrictions and conditions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, staff capacity may be temporarily reduced. Please be aware that this may cause delays in responses and updates.
Read more: Updating the Rocky Habitat Management Strategy
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
Oregon Territorial Sea Plan
Click the "read more" button below to learn more about the history of the Territorial Sea Plan.
Read more: Plan History
Part Five of Oregon's Territorial Sea Plan describes the process for making decisions concerning the development of renewable energy facilities (e.g. wind, wave, current, thermal, etc.) in the state territorial sea, and specifies the areas where that development may be sited. The requirements of Part Five are intended to protect areas important to renewable marine resources (i.e. living marine organisms), ecosystem integrity, marine habitat and areas important to fisheries from the potential adverse effects of renewable energy development (facility siting, development, operation, and decommissioning). Part Five provides a system to identify the appropriate locations for that development which minimize the potential adverse impacts to existing ocean resource users and coastal communities.
Read more: Territorial Sea Plan Part Five: Marine Renewable Energy Development