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
Ocean acidification and hypoxia (OAH) is a change in ocean chemistry that is happening right here, right now. And, it is occurring at a faster rate than originally predicted. This phenomena has the potential to have profound impacts on living marine resources. Unfortunately, Oregon has the dubious honor of being the locale that first documented these impacts. In 2007, the Whiskey Creek Shellfish Hatchery had a massive hatchery failure due to acidic oceanic conditions (see the Case Study below).
Visit the Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centers website for OA related news.
See below or the calendar at the top right of the page to stay up to date with upcoming OAH Council meeting and events. Additional meeting resources including presentation slides and recordings, can be found in the OAH Council Documents tab.
May 7th 2019
April 4th 2019
February 5th 2019
December 3rd 2018
October 25th 2018
August 17th 2018
NO Meeting Agenda - Recording only
July 18th 2018
June 25th 2018
May 23rd 2018
April 17th 2018
March 20th 2018
February 26th 2018
January 25th 2018
Introductory OAH Council Documents
These documents are part of the OAH Council Member Informational Packet and will be discussed at the January 25, 2018 Meeting
- pdf 1. OAH Backgrounder 2017 (286 KB)
- pdf 3. WCOAHSP AddressingOAH 1pager (6.62 MB)
- pdf 6. OA Alliance LetterofCommitment (558 KB)
- pdf 9. SB 1039 OAH Policy (31 KB)
- pdf 10. OR OAH Action Plan Seascape (143 KB)
- pdf 11. Five Things we know (1.87 MB)
- pdf 12. Oregon agency responses OAH Panel science info needs (561 KB)