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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 196.565-569). 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: 

The Trust has completed rulemaking to establish a competitive grant program which started in October 2016. The Trust adopted a set of priority nearshore research and monitoring questions that the state would like answered in order to make informed management and policy decisions in Oregon's nearshore. The purpose of the grant program is to fund projects that will answer these questions. 

A RAC was convened for this effort. The RAC met on October 28, 2016, at DSL and on November 14, 2016, at ODFW headquarters. The draft rule was available for public comment from March 1 to April 14, 2017. A public hearing was held on March 16, 2017, at Newport City Hall. No comments were received. The Trust reviewed and approved the draft rules at their June 1, 2017, regular meeting. The final rule became effective on July 1, 2017.  


Related rulemaking activities

Oregon Coast photo


Department of State Lands

Eric Metz
Senior Policy & Legislative Analyst
Phone: 503-986-5266

Rules Coordinator
Phone:  503-986-5200

Governor's Natural Resource Office

Jason Miner

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