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​​Ocean Science Trust

About the Oregon Ocean Science Trust

The 2013 Legislature established the Oregon Ocean Science Trust and Fund (ORS 196.565-570). The duties of the Trust are to:
  • Promote peer-reviewed, competitive research and monitoring that leads to increased knowledge and understanding of Oregon's ocean and coastal resources.
  • Promote innovative, collaborative, community-oriented, multi-institutional approaches to research and monitoring related to Oregon's ocean and coastal resources.
  • Enhance the state's capacity for peer-reviewed scientific ocean and coastal research.
  • Subject to available funding, establish and execute a competitive grant program to conduct research and monitoring related to Oregon's ocean and coastal resources.
The Department of State Lands is responsible for providing a facility and administrative support for the meetings of the Trust as needed. The Oregon Ocean Science Fund is established in the State Treasury.


The Trust is composed of five voting members appointed by the State Land Board, and two nonvoting members from the legislature (one Senator and one Representative). The voting members of the Trust are:
  • Executive Director Laura Anderson: Owner, Local Ocean Seafood and Commissioner, Former Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commissioner (Newport)
  • Jim Sumich: Ph.D., retired, former Professor of Marine Biology and Zoology at Grossmont Community College (CA), marine mammal expert and marine biology textbook author (Corvallis) 
  • Krystyna Wolniakowski: Executive Director, Columbia River Gorge Commission and former Director, Northwest Region, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (Lake Oswego)
  • Steve Marx: Officer, US Oceans, Pacific, Pew Charitable Trusts (Portland)
  • Shelby Walker: Executive Director, Oregon Sea Grant, Oregon State University (Corvallis)
The two nonvoting members from the Legislature are: 
7/10/2020 9:00:00 AM

Friday, July 10, 2020
9 AM to 12 PM

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  • Welcome, introductions and opening comments (Laura Anderson)
  • Approval of January 24, 2020 meeting summary (Board Members)
  • Discussion of extending grant eligibility under OAR 141-141-0170 to Oregon Tribes (Board Members)
  • Approval of  141-141 Rule Changes (Board Members)
  • Approval of agreement with Oregon Community Foundation (Board Members)
  • Conditional approval to proceed to grant writing and submission for Oregon Marine Reserves Assessment (Board Members)
  • Member Updates & Other Business (Board Members)
  • Next steps and assignment of tasks (Board Members)
  • Discuss Possible Dates and Topics for Next Meeting (Board Members)
  • Public Comments
  • Adjourn (Laura Anderson)

Meeting Materials

Agenda items and times are subject to change

DSL will make reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities. Please notify the Oregon Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900 no fewer than 5 business days prior to the event.                                                                                                        

11/20/2019 3:00:00 PM

The Ocean Science Trust will be holding a meeting beginning at 3 PM on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. The meeting will be held by conference call.

Conference call information:
Participant # 581433

This is a public meeting.


Topic                                                                                                                          Member

Welcome and introductions                                                           Laura Anderson

Administrative Support for OOST                                             Anne Friend & Eric Metz

Approval of September 11 & 25, 2019, meeting summaries   Board Members

Swearing in of appointed members                                      Shelby Walker, Steve Marx

Public Comment

Next steps and assignment of tasks          Board Members

Discuss Possible Dates and Topics for Next Meeting                    Board Members

Adjourn                                                                                                    Laura Anderson

9/25/2019 11:00:00 AM

This will be a conference call of about 15 minutes in length. The only topic on the agenda is to decide if the OOST members are making a recommendation to the Land Board to appoint the candidate to the vacant seat.

Conference line information:
Participant code: 581433​
9/11/2019 9:00:00 AM

​9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Land Board Room
Department of State Lands
775 Summer Street
Salem, OR 97301​

2/15/2019 10:00:00 AM

​Conference call to get a Legislative update.

Meeting Summary

October 2018 meeting summary​

6/1/2017 9:00:00 AM

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Dept of State Lands, Mill Creek Room

775 Summer St NE, Salem 97301

12/1/2016 9:00:00 AM

9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.​
775 Summer St NE, Salem, OR 97301; Rm 201

8/3/2016 1:00:00 PM

1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Department of State Lands, Mill Creek Room
775 Summer St NE, Salem, OR 97301

6/8/2016 1:00:00 PM

1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Oregon Department of State Lands
Land Board Room​​​
775 Summer St NE, Salem, OR 97301

1/22/2016 9:00:00 AM

​9:00 AM to 12:00 PM​​​
Department of State Lands
Mill Creek Room
775 Summer St NE, Salem, OR 97301​

Audio (available upon request)

11/12/2015 9:00:00 AM

​9:00 AM to 12:00 PM​​​
Department of State Lands
Mill Creek Room
775 Summer St NE, Salem, OR 97301​

Audio (available upon request)

Rulemaking Efforts

2020 Rule Change - OOST Fundraising and Grants

The Trust conducted rulemaking in partnership with DSL, allowing the OOST to work with private, nonprofit organizations for fundraising purposes as a result of Senate Bill 753 (2019). Broadly, SB 753 (codified as ORS 196.570), allows the OOST executive director to enter into formal agreements with nonprofit organizations, under which the nonprofit shall solicit gifts, grants, and donations in support of the Trust’s work. The resulting rule change clarifies the OOST’s authority and the parameters for entering into such agreements. 

DSL filed a temporary rule effective March 1, 2020, and was engaged in the permanent rulemaking process since April 2020. The Department held two rule advisory committee (RAC) meetings on April 23 and May 8 to review and comment on the proposed rule language and fiscal impact statement. A Notice of Proposed Rulemaking was filed with the Secretary of State on June 1, 2020, and the public comment period ran from June 1 through July 1. One public hearing was held remotely by Zoom on June 16, 2020. The draft rule was approved at the Trust's July 10 meeting, and was filed permanent at the end of July. The rule went into effect on August 13, 2020.

Rulemaking materials, including the rule text, supporting documentation, and SOS filings, are found on DSL's website here.

2016 Rule Change - Competitive Grant Program

In 2016-2017, the Trust conducted rulemaking to establish a competitive grant program with the goal of working toward answering priority nearshore research and monitoring questions. The grant program established by this rule change will fund projects to answer these questions, and inform management and policy decisions related to Oregon's nearshore.

A rule advisory committee (RAC) was convened for this effort, and met on October 28, 2016 and November 14, 2016. The public comment period was open from March 1 to April 14, 2017. A public hearing was held on March 16, 2017, at Newport City Hall, during which no comments were received. The Trust reviewed and approved the draft rules at their June 1, 2017 meeting, and the final rule became effective on July 1, 2017.   

Oregon Coast photo


Department of State Lands

Andrea Celentano
Policy & Legislative Analyst
Phone: 503-986-5217

Kaitlyn Wiggins
Rules & Records Coordinator
Phone: 503-986-5279

Governor's Natural Resource Office

Jason Miner
Natural Resources Policy Director

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