Ocean Policy Articles

Heavy beach use at Cape Kiwanda.  Photo by Sonja Peterson.

Oregon Shores Pushes for Beach Fund Bill

cape_kiwanda_beach_use_sonja_peterson.jpg As a means of honoring the 50th anniversary of the Oregon Beach Bill, Oregon Shores supports passage of Senate Bill 745, which establishes a Beach Fund that will enable better management of our public shoreline. Submitted by coastal Sen. Arnie Roblan at the request of our colleagues with Surfrider...Read more
Housing and Haystack Rock.  Photo by Sonja Peterson.

NOAA Completes Evaluation of Oregon Coastal Management Program

haystack_rock_and_houses_sonja_peterson.jpg The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has just released the findings that emerged from its review of Oregon’s Coastal Management Program. For the most part, the findings are very positive—and the biggest black mark against Oregon’s coastal program isn’t something that...Read more
Shoreline at Otter Rock. Photo by Kirt Edblom.

Speak Out Now on Offshore Research Priorities

otter_rock-_shoreline_kirt_edblom2.jpg Given the predilections of the incoming administration, the possibility of a federal push to allow oil and gas leases or mining permits in federal waters off Oregon’s shore looms larger than it has for a generation. That makes the current public comment period for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (...Read more
Nearshore Ocean Strategy addresses undersea habitats.  Photo courtesy of ODFW.

Revised Oregon Conservation Strategy for Nearshore Ocean Released

marine_undersea_habitat_odfw.jpg Oregon has adopted its new version of the Oregon Conservation Strategy , the first update of the policy framework for managing fish and wildlife resources since 2006. The new document was unveiled at the Sept. 2 meeting of the Oregon Fish and Wildlife...Read more
Photo of "Oyster" wave energy device in operation.

Rules for Ocean Energy Siting Are on the Horizon

oyster_wave_energy_device_small.jpg All has been seemingly quiet on the ocean energy front for some years now. It was nearly a decade ago that early prospectors for wave energy sites set off a flurry of interest and concern. The state’s Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) and a subsequent Territorial Sea Plan Working Group began to wrestle...Read more
Photo of Rocky shores at Boiler Bay, by Kirt Edblom.

Land Use Agency Will Consider Rocky Shores Initiative

rocky_shores_at_boiler_bay_kirt_edblom.jpg In December, Oregon Shores successfully proposed to the state’s Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) that it is high time that Oregon revisit its management policies regarding our rocky shore areas. A new OPAC working group was created, chaired by Robin Hartmann, Oregon Shores’ Ocean Policy...Read more
Underwater photo of fish and reef.

Ecological Monitoring Plan for Reserves Released

marine_reserves_fish_on_reef_odfw.jpg The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) has released the latest version of the department’s Marine Reserves Ecological Monitoring Plan . This document provides information for the general public, and for ODFW’s marine reserves “partners” (including Oregon Shores and the Oregon Marine Reserves...Read more