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OPRD Marine plant and Macroalgae collection (2023)

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Updates to Oregon’s Territorial Sea Plan earlier this year changed regulations and management practices in certain marine protected areas. The department’s proposed rule changes will allow for collection of marine plants and macroalgae in marine protected areas if allowed under management plans for the area.  As a part of this update, rocky habitat sites are now eligible for one of three management designations: Marine Research Area, Marine Garden/Education Area and Marine Conservation Area. Goals, regulations and management practices differ for each type of designation.

Proposed rules also eliminate outdated requirements for enrolled members of federally recognized tribes in Oregon to seek a permit before collecting marine plants along the ocean shore. This language is outdated and does not reflect current agency practices. A link to the draft rule changes can be found in the documents below.

Public Comment Period: CLOSED

Public comment was open again from Dec. 1st at 8:00 am to Jan. 4th at 5:00 pm

Public Comment was open previously from Oct. 2 at 8:00 am to November 3 at 5 PM.

Public Hearing:

Public Hearing: Thursday, October 26 at 2 PM.

Comments Recieved: 10/2/23 -11/03/23

No comments received from 10/2/2023 - 10/6/2023

No comments received from 10/7/2023 - 10/13/2023

No comments received from 10/14/2023 - 10/20/2023

No comments received from 10/21/2023 - 10/27/2023

10/28/2023 - 11/03/2023

Comments Recieved: 12/1/2023 - 1/4/2024

No comments received from 12/1/2023 - 12/8/2023

No comments received from 12/9/2023 - 12/15/2023

No comments received from 12/16/2023 - 12/22/2023

No Comments Received from 12/23/2023 - 12/29/2023

No Comments Received from 12/29/2023 - 1/4/2024


Updated Press Release 12/1/2023

Updated TSP Rule Filing Notice 12/1/2023

Press Release 10/2/2023

TSP Rule Filing Notice

OPRD Commission request to open rule

Updated Draft Rule Change 12/1/2023 - 1/4/2024

Rulemaking Page


Katie Gauthier

Legislative Coordinator