The Ocean Policy Advisory Council

Council in session with members sitting at the table

What is the OPAC?

The Oregon Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) is a legislatively mandated marine policy advisory body to provide, among other statutory charges, advice to the Governor, state agencies and local governments on ocean policy and resource management matters (ORS 196.433). OPAC membership diverse and made up of representatives from coastal community interests, state agencies, conservation interests and the general public. Meetings of OPAC are usually held in communities along the Oregon coast. The membership of OPAC is defined by ORS 196.438.  The OPAC operates following the policies and procedures established by the Council and recorded in their pdf Policies and Procedures document (38 KB) , which are summarized in a pdf set of slides (605 KB) .   


OPAC Meetings are open to the public and we invite all interested parties to attend meetings and give comment. View the Upcoming OPAC Events to the right of the page or visit the Current Events section below for information on upcoming OPAC meetings and other activities.


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OPAC Upcoming Events


Time and Date
Draft Meeting Agenda
Rocky Habitat Working Group Meeting
October 18, 2019
1:00 PM - 4:00PM
TBD (Newport Area) Coming Soon
Ocean Policy Advisory Council Meeting
October 21, 2019
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Best Western - Agate Beach 
3019 N Coast Hwy,
Newport, OR 97365
Coming Soon
Rocky Habitat Working Group Meeting
 November 5, 2019
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
 TBD   Coming Soon
Rocky Habitat Working Group Meeting
December 17, 2019
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
 TBD   Coming Soon
Ocean Policy Advisory Council Meeting
January 9, 2020
 TBD  Coming Soon
Rocky Habitat Working Group Meeting
January 16, 2020
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  TBD Coming Soon
Rocky Habitat Working Group Meeting
February 6, 2020
10:00 AM - 4:00PM
 TBD  Coming Soon


For information on the upcoming amendment to the Territorial Sea Plan Part III: Rocky Shores Strategy, visit the TSP Rocky Shores Strategy Amendment page. To view past meeting agendas, summaries, etc. visit the Rocky Shores Working Group page.

Draft meeting summaries, distributed documents portfolios, and presentations from the previous OPAC events and working group meetings are available from the OPAC Meetings Please check this site again for information about future meetings and events.


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OPAC Letters and Recommendations

OPAC recommendations are provided to the LCDC or directly to the Governor to be considered for adoption into formal rulemaking. This page contains an archive of recommendations and publications produced by OPAC and its Working Groups.


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OPAC Working Groups

Current and past working groups of the Ocean Policy Advisory Council.

OPAC Meetings

Meeting agendas, documents, and videos of the Ocean Policy Advisory Council