Ocean Policy Articles

State Considering Plan to Address Ocean Acidification

Oregon's ocean off Netarts, Cape Lookout in the background.\Photo by Dale Harmer. Mandated by the 2017 Oregon Legislature, the state is in the process of developing a plan to address the growing problem of ocean acidification and hypoxia (OAH). The Oregon Coordinating Council on Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia (OAH), a body composed of scientists and agency...Read more

Oregon Rises to Oppose Ocean Oil Drilling

On Jan. 4, the Trump Administration abruptly announced that it planned to open 90% of U.S ocean waters to oil drilling. Lease sales would be offered in 25 of the 26 areas into which America’s federal ocean waters are divided, including the area off Oregon and Washington. At virtually the same time, the administration also announced new proposed rules that...Read more

Land Use Board Blocks Jordan Cove Permit

Coos Bay's North Spit, with Jordan Cove site in foreground. | Photo by Alex Derr Oregon’s Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) on Monday, Nov. 27, ruled in Oregon Shores’ favor in our appeal of the land use approval issued by Coos County for the proposed Jordan Cove LNG (liquefied natural gas) export terminal on Coos Bay’s North Spit. LUBA agreed with Oregon Shores...Read more
Thor's well, one of Oregon's premier rocky shore areas.\Photo by Bruce Swenson.

Rocky Shore Policy Review Gets Reinforcements

Thor's well, one of Oregon's premier rocky shore areas.\Photo by Bruce Swenson. A becalmed effort by Oregon’s Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) to review and update Oregon’s Rocky Shore Strategy in the Territorial Sea Plan recently got a boost. Deanna Caracciolo joined the staff of the Oregon Coastal Management Program, which supports the OPAC work, as an...Read more
Photo of Rocky shores at Boiler Bay, by Kirt Edblom.

Progress Slow on Rocky Shores Initiative

Rocky shores at Boiler Bay. Photo by Kirt Edblom. More than a year ago, Oregon Shores successfully proposed to the state’s Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) that Oregon revisit its management policies regarding our rocky shore areas. A new OPAC working group was created, chaired by Robin Hartmann, Oregon Shores’ Ocean Policy Advocate, to review policies...Read more
Time to step up for our beaches\Photo courtesy of Surfrider.

Speak Out Now for Beach Fund Bill

beach_fund_image_courtesy_surfrider.jpg Oregon Shores has strongly supported Senate Bill 745, which creates an Ocean Beach Fund, as a means of honoring the 50th anniversary of the Oregon Beach Bill. Now, your voice is urgently needed if the bill is to escape the Senate Committee on Finance and Revenue in time for passage this session...Read more
 Leaving Redfish Rocks Marine Reserve.  Photo courtesy of ODFW.

Ocean Frontiers Films Available for Screening

Leaving Redfish Rocks Marine Reserve. Photo courtesy of ODFW. Oregon Shores recently co-sponsored a screening of Ocean Frontiers: The Dawn of a New Era in Ocean Planning . This is the latest film from Green Fire Productions, which has been chronicling the development of marine reserves and ocean conservation efforts through a series of documentary works. If...Read more
Cascade Head Marine Reserve coastline.

Cascade Head Management Plan Open For Public Comment

Cascade Head Marine Reserve. | Photo by Gus Gates The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Marine Reserves Program has released a draft of the Cascade Head Site Management Plan for public comment. Comments are to be submitted by email...Read more
Photo of two orca whales off the coast of Oregon.

World Oceans Day is June 8th

world_oceans_day_youtube_2017 Video of world_oceans_day_youtube_2017 World Oceans Day is a global day of ocean celebration and collaboration for a cleaner, healthier future. This year, on June 8th, individuals from across the globe will particpate in numerous ocean and water conservation events focusing on finding solutions to plastic pollution...Read more
Heavy beach use at Cape Kiwanda.  Photo by Sonja Peterson.

Oregon Shores Pushes for Beach Fund Bill

Proposed Beach Fund will provide State Parks with more resources to manage increasing beach use. Photo by Sonja Peterson. As a means of honoring the 50th anniversary of the Oregon Beach Bill, Oregon Shores supports passage of Senate Bill 745, which establishes a Beach Fund that will enable better management of our public shoreline. Submitted by coastal Sen...Read more