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OPAC Working Groups
Background
Oregon's Ocean Policy Advisory Council performs much of its work in smaller groups. None of these groups has any added authority over that of OPAC itself, and all decisions and positions of OPAC are developed and made or taken by the entire council. The Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) is the only subgroup of OPAC that is legislatively mandated. The Executive Committee is established under OPAC's adopted Operating Procedures.  Other groups, standing or ad hoc, are established by the council as needed. The second standing committee created by OPAC is the Federal Liaison Committee, comprised of representatives from federal agencies that deal with ocean issues. The topical working groups are ad hoc subgroups and are named to address specific issues. Members of these groups are members of OPAC or may be any other individuals with knowledge of the issues.
 
It is the intent of OPAC that all of the topical working group meetings be open and available to the public. However, these meetings are intended as working sessions among a fairly small number of persons, and logistic arrangements may not support many added observers. Contact information for the working group chairs is included below so that the public may contact them. Meeting dates and other working group logistical information will be posted on the web site as is feasible.
 

Executive Committee
The OPAC Executive Committee is defined in the Operating Procedures as the Chair, Vice Chair, STAC Chair, Governor's Office Representative and an At-Large Voting OPAC Member. These individuals are presently Scott McMullen, David Allen, Stephen Brandt, Richard Whitman, and Frank Warrens, respectively. The Executive Committee meets between OPAC meetings to develop agendas for the larger group, and to address other administrative issues as needed. 

Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee
Scientific and Technical advice is brought to OPAC via the legislatively-mandated Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC). The authorizing legislation includes Oregon's Ocean Resources Management Law (ORS 196) and House Bill 3013.  This committee is chaired by the representative from Oregon Sea Grant, Stephen Brandt. The committee itself acts as a broker:  when OPAC needs scientific or technical advice on an issue, the STAC identifies appropriate experts and engages their assistance. Sea Grant’s vision of the process, which was adopted by OPAC (07.19.2010), is presented in a brief paper on the formation and functions of the STAC. 

STAC Membership:

The governor-appointed Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) works with the public to make recommendations on issues of ocean policy ranging from ocean-based energy generation plans to developing marine reserves in the territorial sea. By statute, the Oregon Sea Grant director serves as permanent chair of the council's Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) and under OPAC rules serves as a member of the Council's Executive Board. Current STAC committee members are:

  • Stephen Brandt (Oregon Sea Grant), Chair
  • Jack Barth (Oregon State University, College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences)
  • Veronica Dujon (Portland State University, Department of Sociology)
  • Jeff Feldner (Oregon Sea Grant)
  • Elise Granek, (Portland State University, Environmental Science and Resources)
  • Selina Heppell (Oregon State University, Fisheries and Wildlife)
  • Jan Hodder (University of Oregon, Center for Ocean Science Education/Oregon Institute of Marine Biology)
  • William Jaeger (Oregon State University, Agricultural and Resource Economics)
  • Dave Sampson (Oregon State University, College of Fisheries and Wildlife, ODFW)
  • Gil Sylvia (Oregon State University, Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station/Agricultural and Resource Economics)
  • Craig Young (University of Oregon, Oregon Institute of Marine Biology)
 

STAC Meetings:

STAC meetings are open to the public, though space in the meeting room is limited. There will not be a public comment period at the meetings. Meeting agendas and summaries are posted below (if available).
 
SIZE AND SPACING WORKSHOP
 
At the request of the Marine Reserves Working Group (MRWG), the Science and Technical
Advisory Committee (STAC) of Oregon’s Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) held a
workshop on marine reserve size and spacing to address the need for guidelines that can be used
in the site proposal process. Thirty-one scientists and advisors, along with five support staff, met at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology (OIMB) in Charleston on April 10, and half the day on
April 11. The workshop was open to the public, but public comment was not solicited due to
time constraints. Meeting participants included marine biologists, oceanographers, fishermen
with nearshore experience, and scientists who were directly involved with the development of
marine reserve design recommendations in California.
 
Final Workshop Report
 
 
TECHNICAL WORKSHOP ON ECONOMIC DATA AND ANALYSIS OF MARINE RESERVES
 
The Science and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) of Oregon’s Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) will hold a two-day workshop to assess the status of economic data and analysis with regard to siting and management of marine reserves in Oreogn waters, and to reach a series of findings and conclusions regarding the availability and adequacy of data.
 
Workshop Agenda
 
Invited Workshop Participants
 
Final Report 

Territorial Sea Plan Working Group
The Territorial Sea Plan (TSP) Working Group was chartered at the May 22, 2008 OPAC meeting and charged with developing a set of proposals for updates to the Territorial Sea Plan.  The group is chaired by David Allen.  Working Group members are: Scott McMullen, Onno Husing, Susan Morgan, Terry Thompson, Robin Hartmann, Fred Sickler, Chris Castelli, Brad Pettinger, Laurel Hillmann, Kaety Hildenbrand, Paul Klarin, Caren Braby, and Kris Wall.  David Allen may be contacted by email at dnallen@actionnet.net and by telephone at 541-265-4568.  Paul Klarin may be contacted by email at paul.klarin@state.or.us and by telephone at 503-373-0050 x249.
 
Upcoming Meetings:
The Territorial Sea Plan Working Group Meetings are announced and documented on the http://OregonOcean.info/OceanEnergy webpage.  This site will only serve as a long-term archive for the group.  
 
Public Comment:
The most direct way to be involved is by attending and participating in any of the meetings listed below that will be held during the TSP planning process.  At any and all of these meetings you will have an opportunity to provide comments, either verbally or in writing, to the working group, or Click Here to Submit a Public Comment online.
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Public Work Sessions of the TSPWG:
Listed below is a schedule of the TSPWG work group sessions during round 1 of this phase in the Amendment process.  Round 2 of the public work sessions being held as part of the Amendment process will take place during February and March of 2012, Click Here for More Info.  Click on a meeting link below to navigate to meeting information and access meeting agendas, documents, and public comments (Information Hosted on http://www.OregonOcean.info) .
 
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Past Meetings of the TSPWG:
 
TSP Working Group meeting - Tuesday, July 26, 2011
TSP Working Group meeting - Thursday, April 7, 2011
 
TSP Working Group meeting - Friday, March 4, 2011
 
TSP Working Group meeting on Friday, January 21, 2011
 
 
Link to the Territorial Sea Plan Advisory Committee Meetings 
 
TSP Working Group meeting on Friday, May 15, 2009
 
TSP Working Group meeting on Tuesday, April 21, 2009
 
TSP Working Group meeting on Thursday, March 19, 2009
 
TSP Working Group meeting on Wednesday, February 11, 2009
 
TSP Working Group meeting on Thursday, January 8, 2009.
 
TSP Working Group meeting on August 18, 2008
 
TSP Study Group meeting on February 26, 2008

Marine Reserves Working Group
The Marine Reserves Working Group is chaired by Frank Warrens. Other members from OPAC are Paul Engelmeyer, Jim Good, Robin Hartmann, Jim Bergeron, Jack Brown, and Brad Pettinger. Additional members include Cristen Don (Department of Fish & Wildlife), Randy Henry (State Marine Board), Laurel Hillmann (Parks and Recreation Department), Paul Klarin (Department of Land Conservation and Development), Jeff Kroft (Department of State Lands),  Roy Lowe (US Fish & Wildlife Service), and Cathy Tortorici(National Marine Fisheries Service).  Frank Warrens may be contacted by email at frank@frankwarrensauto.com and by telephone at 503-228-6607.  Meeting summaries are posted below.
 
May 21, 2008, Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, Charleston
 
June 20, 2008, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Salem
 
**NEW** Final Marine Reserves Policy Recommendations
 
Marine Reserves Policy Recommendations
 
Information on Marine Reserves in Oregon
 
This website, produced by the Oregon Coastal Management Program, will provide links to information about marine reserves and Oregon’s marine environment, and provides assistance with the ongoing proposal process.

Federal Liaison Committee
The OPAC Federal Liaison Committee was created to improve communications between the council and federal agencies with ocean responsibilities. OPAC can get opinions on pending OPAC positions or decisions from the federal perspective and also be kept up to date on federal initiatives. The committee members at present are:  Steve Copps (NOAA Fisheries); Captain Patrick Gerrity (US Coast Guard); Maurice Hill (Minerals Management Service); Martin Hudson (US Army Corps of Engineers); Ann Miles (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission); Bridgette Lohrman, Acting Chair (NOAA Fisheries); and Gary Voerman (US Environmental Protection Agency).

Wave Energy Working Group
The Wave Energy Working Group is chaired by Robin Hartmann. Other members from OPAC are David Allen, Jack Brown, Terry Thompson, Fred Sickler, Onno Husing, Paul Slyman, and Scott McMullen. Additional members include Jonathan Allan (DOGAMI), Dale Blanton (DLCD), Jeff Kroft (DSL), and Jason Klure(DOE). Robin Hartmann may be contacted by email at robinhartmann@msn.com and by telephone at 541-672-3694.  Meeting summaries and documents are posted below.