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Oregon Ocean Plan

The Oregon Ocean Resources Management Plan, commonly referred to as the "Ocean Plan", was prepared by the 1987 Ocean Resources Management Task Force which was established by the 1987 Oregon Legislature.

The Task Force held a series of community listening meetings on the Oregon coast to find out what issues were of concern to the public. Their study covered a wide variety of existing and potential ocean resource management issues off Oregon in both state and federal ocean areas. The Ocean Plan recommends future state policies for most of these issues.

The Ocean Plan was not confined just to state ocean waters. A number of issues involving the federal ocean area, such as oil and gas drilling and marine mineral exploration, were discussed and policies developed. Its policy recommendations for important marine habitat were meant to apply to the continental margin off Oregon, not just state waters.

Although they are not "mandatory" [there is no enforcement], the 1991 Legislature recognized that these policies were important guideposts or starting points for a more detailed plan and policies aimed at Oregon's Territorial Sea where the state does indeed have jurisdiction.

Ocean Plan Table of Contents

Here are links to the chapters of the Oregon Ocean Resources Management Plan. Each linked document is in .pdf format.


Andy Lanier
Marine Affairs Coordinator
Phone: 503-206-2291