Oregon's DRAFT Ocean Acidification & Hypoxia Action Plan

The Oregon Coordinating Council
on Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia (OAH)
is pleased to announce the release of
(published June 10th 2019)
Public Comment Opportunity
June 10 - July 9, 2019
Send comments to Council staff
or learn more about the draft by watching the

This OAH Action Plan was developed in recognition of the OAH impacts that we see today, in the hopes of minimizing the impacts for tomorrow, and altering the trajectory of ocean changes for future generations. Because Oregon is one of the first states to feel the impacts of OAH, it is our intent that the OAH Action Plan will contain actions that are meaningful locally, and in fighting the global challenges of climate and ocean changes.  Additionally, the Action Plan will serve as a model for others to apply to their own geographical and political context. Once adopted by Governor Brown, the Action Plan will guide Oregon’s efforts and become Oregon’s submission to the International Alliance to Combat Ocean Acidification, and thus will be shared with the region and world.


We, Oregon’s OAH Council, welcome and encourage public comment on this DRAFT from June 10th – July 9th of 2019.  Electronic copies of Oregon’s DRAFT OAH Action Plan are available for download at the OAH Council’s Website. Public comment may be made by contacting the Council’s staff or attending one of two informational webinars on the Action Plan (information below). 


Webinar 1
June 11, 2019 | 6 pm - 8 pm
Newport (or remote)
Webinar 2
June 14, 2019 | 10 am – 12 pm
Corvallis (or remote)
Additional Videos - coming soon


Thank you for sharing your comments to help make this Action Plan successful.


Contact council staff & leadership with questions and comments

Charlotte R. Whitefield Ph.D.
OAH Council Staff
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John (Jack) Barth Ph.D.
OAH Council Co-Chair
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Caren Braby Ph.D.
OAH Council Co-Chair
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2018 Biennial OAH Council Report

The OAH Council is pleased to announce the
completion of their first report!


The Council has met monthly from January to August 2018 to develop their report and made recommendations in five key areas:


Complementary with the OAH Council goals, Oregon is also partnering with the States of Washington and California as well as the Province of British Columbia to collaboratively build recommendations and actions that incorporate the unique needs and values of each jurisdiction, while also creating a unified regional strategy. The work of Oregon’s OAH Council will become part of this regional strategy, through the creation of Oregon’s OAH Action Plan. Oregon’s OAH Action Plan, to be finished by mid-2019, will describe state and local actions that will make a difference for Oregon in facing ocean acidification and hypoxia, as we plan for a more resilient future.


Oregon Coordinating Council on Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia

In 2017, the passage of Oregon Senate Bill 1039 created the Oregon Coordinating Council on Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia (OAH Council) to provide recommendations and guidance for the State of Oregon on how to respond to this issue.

Oregon was one of the first places in the world to observe the direct impacts of ocean acidification - oyster hatchery production collapsed in 2007.  Acidification continues to challenge oyster aquaculture productivity and has caused some producers to move operations elsewhere.  Also of great concern, acidification and hypoxia events are continuing to intensify and there are now clear signs that they are undermining the rich ocean ecosystem food web.  Oregon’s iconic fisheries and the coastal communities that depend on them — both of which quintessentially define the world-renowned Oregon Coast — are at risk.

The sponsors of Senate Bill 1039, Senator Arnie Roblan (D) and Senator Jeff Kruse (R), recognized that Oregonians depend on our healthy coastal environment for fisheries, tourism, and recreation. They created the OAH Council to assemble interests that are currently and potentially impacted by OAH in Oregon. The OAH Council forum is composed of members of State agencies, academic experts, stakeholders, and Tribal interests, who will collaboratively develop recommendations, and advise the State on the implementation of actions to support the sustainability of Oregon’s ocean as OAH intensifies.           


OAH Council Members – the list of 13 members and their representation

Meeting Information– includes dates, agendas, minutes, recordings

Council Resources – learn about the OAH Council and its work

Stay Updated – how to subscribe to email lists that will keep you informed of the OAH Council and other ocean policy issues in Oregon