As a component of the Marine Board's 2017-2022 strategic plan, recreational boaters said they wanted more input into discussing issues, agency policy and strategic planning, so that's where Boat Oregon Advisory Teams (BOATs) comes in.
We've created four advisory teams to help provide input into how the agency can more effectively serve recreational boaters:
- Watersports (includes towed activities and racing)
- Outdoor Sportsmen (anglers and hunters)
- Cruising (includes sailboats)
- Non-Motorized (human-powered boats)
The following individuals comprise each team:
The Boat Oregon Advisory Teams will identify statewide boating issues relating to their use of the waterways and are charged with recommending initiatives that are congruent with the agency mission, vision, and statutory authority.
In 2016, members requested that the Board be invited to observe the meetings. Each Board member was given an opportunity to select a team to observe for a one year term, with the expectation of rotating teams each year, as a way to better understand the issues of a particular user group. The Board Chair has the option to be involved with the dialog in all of the teams.
Teams are exposed to the agency budget and important decisions that need to be brought before the Board. The BOATs are not decision-making bodies and work voluntarily in an advisory capacity only.
The Marine Board has discretion on how to fill BOAT vacancies, which may vary from statewide recruitment to direct invitiation. Members agree to serve a minimum of three years on a Boat Oregon Advisory Team, if selected.
Sign up for the Marine Board's email list
to receive meeting notices.