The Oregon Ocean Policy Advisory Committee (OPAC) requested that the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) review the data sets and information used in Oregon MarineMap for the Territorial Sea Plan by early April 2012. In particular, STAC will review the (1) Nearshore Ecological Data Atlas (NEDA; led by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife) and (2) the Fishing Grounds maps (led by Ecotrust). To address this charge, STAC broke into the following five groups with invited external experts:

  1. NEDA Birds and Mammals
  2. NEDA Fish
  3. NEDA Ecosystem
  4. NEDA Marxan
  5. Fishing Grounds Maps

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Evaluation Criteria:

Per OPAC's request, each group will evaluate the data sets and information that are relevant to their group based on the following criteria:

  1. Assumptions
  2. Data validity and sampling design
  3. Data gaps
  4. Spatial representation
  5. Strengths and limitations

Additional group charges:

  • The four NEDA teams will also review conclusions drawn from the ODFW scientific workshop, held September 2011.
  • As part of their assessment, the Fishing Grounds Maps team will review the methodology to create the port maps, including the number of interviews conducted.

STAC will limit analyses to scientific questions and not deal with policy issues.


1/18 - OPAC approved the Scope of Work for STAC's review
1/27 - STAC Conference Call to discuss OPAC charge
1/28-3/19 - Each of the five groups of experts will convene to review different areas of Oregon's marine planning data
3/20 - STAC all-hands meeting for the five groups to present draft reports and all members to discuss the review
3/21-4/8 - Follow-up meeting(s) to produce final report
4/9 - OPAC meeting, STAC will present final review

General Background Materials

Fishing Grounds Maps Review

Nearshore Ecological Data Atlas (NEDA) Review

Suggested approach to understand the NEDA data:

  1. Sit down with a copy of the cross-walk table (note targets that were used for your group's review) and your computer, with Oregon Marine Map loaded and operational. Use them together to understand all the components in play. Be sure to click on the title of each data layer in Marine Map to view the associated abstract.
  2. If you want more detail on a target/data layer, see the corresponding metadata file.
  3. Then approach the evaluation criteria (listed above) to make comments for future discussion within your review group.

Relevant documents

NEDA Fish Group

NEDA Bird & Mammal Group

NEDA Ecosystem/Habitat Group

NEDA Marxan Group


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Contact for Ocean Energy

DLCD is the lead on amending the Territorial Sea Plan. To reach DLCD contact:

Paul Klarin
635 Capitol St. NE, Suite 150
Salem, OR 97301-2540