What is the Territorial Sea Plan?

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?

Updating the Rocky Habitat Management Strategy

Fall 2021 UPDATE: Upon request by the Ocean Policy Advisory Council, staff has drafted recommended amendments to the proposal process sections of TSP Part Three.  The amendments were drafted following a proposal process evaluation workshop hosted by DLCD and Oregon Sea Grant on July 29, 2021.  Public Comment on the draft amendment to Section E and Appendix C is open until October 18, 2021.   OPAC will consider adoption of the draft amendments during the November 4, 2021 virtual meeting.  
Please submit comments to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
In their May meeting the Ocean Policy Advisory Council approved recommendations of two new rocky habitat site management designations. These include a Marine Garden at Coquille Point, and a Marine Research Area at Cape Blanco (click links to access proposal materials). 

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 is tentatively planned to re-open for submissions October 1, 2022. 
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:
Rocky Habitat Web Mapping Tool user guide with proposal walk-thru.
Public webinar recording with video demonstration of the tool.
Rocky Habitat Site Designation Proposal TEMPLATE form (To be updated following approval of the draft amendments to Section E and Appendix C.)
For additional updates, please check the events calendar below or look on the Territorial Sea Plan page.
Users may also find additional helpful information at OregonShorezone.info and the Rocky Shores Story Map.
*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.

Rocky Habitat Amendment Navigation
 Current Status of Update - Phase 3 now underway!

Read more: Updating the Rocky Habitat Management Strategy

Plan History

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 folder 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

Territorial Sea Plan Part Five: Marine Renewable Energy Development

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

Get Involved in the Rocky Shores Update

The State of Oregon invites all individuals, organizations, and governments
to participate in this process so that all voices are heard!

Phase 3
Ongoing until September 30, 2021
How to Submit a Comment


Email written comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


Offer oral comment during a Working Group meeting
Public comment is scheduled into meeting agendas.
Meeting Protocol for Public Comment 
To allow the Working Group to have efficient discussions during meeting:
  • Public comment will only be accepted during predetermined public comment agenda items (~15 minute at beginning and end of meeting).
  • In the event a large number of individuals would like to comment, time will be divided to allow all parties an equal amount of time to speak.
  • Additional dialog and questioning between the Working Group and the commenting entity should be avoided to keep meetings on track. 


Offer comment during a formal comment period

Once the Working Group has reviewed submitted site proposals, a formal 30-day public comment period will be opened. Check back here or sign up for email updates for information about public comment opportunities and events.

If you have a question or if you are affiliated with a group requiring government consultation please contact the Working Group
chair person or staff member.
Charlie Plybon (Chair) - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Michael Moses (Staff) - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

*Please note that due to the complexity of this process not all public comments may be incorporated into the final strategy.


Phase 2 (archive)

Phase 2 products (updated Rocky Habitat Management Strategy text, site-based management processes, and new Rocky Habitat Web Mapping Tool) were completed and approved by the Ocean Policy Advisory Council on May 6, 2020. 

Read the approved draft of the Rocky Habitat Management Strategy.

     Visit the Rocky Habitat Web Mapping Tool (Oregon.Seasketch.org)

Phase 1 (archive)

Phase 1 products (general rocky habitat management) have been adopted by the Land Conservation and Development Commission on May 24, 2019. 
The working group is continuing to draft Phase 2 updates (site-based management)


2018 Public Scoping (archive)

 In Spring of 2018, DLCD staff conducted 9 public scoping meetings to gather initial information and public opinion on rocky habitat issues and management.

Learn more about the management plan: What is the Territorial Sea Plan? 

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TSP Plan Maps

View maps of the Territorial Sea, with layers that can be interactively switched on, including maps of: Part III Rocky Shores, Part IV Cables, and Part V Marine Renewable Energy Area Designations Map. 

Read more: TSP Plan Maps

Resource Inventory Maps

Informed decision making, the heart of Goal 19 and the Oregon Ocean Plan, depends upon adequate information about ocean resources and uses and the effects of any proposed action on those resources and uses. This page contains information about ocean and coastal resource inventories, as well as interactive maps of existing resource inventory information.

Read more: Resource Inventory Maps