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.


Read more: The Ocean Policy Advisory Council

OPAC Member Recruitment - Call for Applications

OPAC is currently accepting applications for multiple positions on the council.  All interest applicants should follow the links below to learn more and to submit an application.

Ocean Policy Advisory Council Member Recruitment

The OPAC is currently accepting applications for three positions on the Council including the positions listed below:

  • Statewide Public-at-large
  • Coastal Conservation Organization
  • Tribal Government

Application Close Date - January 31, 2020 (While the office of executive appointments will receive applications after the deadline, the applicants will be considered at a later time).


OPAC Upcoming Events


Time and Date
Draft Meeting Agenda
Rocky Habitat Working Group Meeting
January 16, 2020
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Remote Connection Only

  pdf Draft Agenda & Remote Connection Details (115 KB)

  pdf Meeting Materials (1.31 MB)


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 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