What is the Territorial Sea Plan?

The State of Oregon holds the waters, shoreline, and living resources of its shoreline in trust for the public. The state has therefore established in law a program of planning and management that includes ocean resource goals and policies. The Oregon Territorial Sea Plan (TSP) was first adopted in 1994 and provides detailed guidance to state and federal agencies to manage uses within the state’s territorial sea, from shore to three nautical miles offshore. State ocean resources are governed by a tapestry of authorities at multiple government scales, and the TSP acts as a coordinating framework from which individual agencies institute regulations and management activities. 

The Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) was given the responsibility of stewarding the TSP, in conjunction with the Oregon Land Conservation and Development, when necessary to deal with new concerns as they occur.  

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Plan History

In 1991 the Oregon Legislature amended ORS chapter 196 to establish the Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) made up of a variety of ocean stakeholders, local governments, and state agencies, and charged it with providing the governor and state agencies with policy advice on ocean matters. The legislation gave the Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD), which includes the state’s federally-approved coastal management program, primary responsibility for ocean planning and providing assistance to OPAC. One of OPAC’s basic duties was to prepare a Territorial Sea Plan (TSP) for managing the resources and activities in the state's territorial sea. Click here to view the folder Oregon Territorial Sea Plan .

Click the "read more" button below to learn more about the history of the Territorial Sea Plan.

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Territorial Sea Plan Part Five: Marine Renewable Energy Development

Announcement:  On March 18, 2020, the NOAA Office for Coastal Management Approved TSP Part 5 into the Oregon Coastal Management Program.  This approval allows the enforceable policies identified in Part Five to be applicable in reviewing federal actions pursuant to the federal consistency requirements of the Coastal Zone Management Act and its implementing regulations found at 15 CFR part 930.

Part Five of Oregon's Territorial Sea Plan describes the process for making decisions concerning the development of renewable energy facilities (e.g. wind, wave, current, thermal, etc.) in the state territorial sea, and specifies the areas where that development may be sited.  The requirements of Part Five are intended to protect areas important to renewable marine resources (i.e. living marine organisms), ecosystem integrity, marine habitat and areas important to fisheries from the potential adverse effects of renewable energy development (facility siting, development, operation, and decommissioning).  Part Five provides a system to identify the appropriate locations for that development which minimize the potential adverse impacts to existing ocean resource users and coastal communities.

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Updating the Rocky Habitat Management Strategy


Managing Oregon's rocky coastline is a shared responsibility. In fall 2018, the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) gathered decision makers across the state to begin an amendment to the Rocky Shores Management chapter (Part Three) of the Oregon Territorial Sea Plan (TSP). The plan acts as a coordinated vision for Oregon coastal resources and guides the actions of state and federal agencies that are responsible for managing coastal and ocean resources in the public trust. The amended rocky habitat plan will incorporate the best available science and consider the needs, concerns, and values of Oregonians balanced with the state’s goals for a resilient coastal ecosystem that can provide enduring opportunities for its users.
 
 
The new Rocky Habitat Web Mapping Tool contains a wealth of coastal resource information, and will allow interested members of the public to generate and submit proposals for coordinated management changes to Oregon's marine rocky habitats. An initial proposal submission test period is set to open in mid-2020, pending OPAC approval of the revised Rocky Habitat Management Strategy. Access the tool here:
 
 
A handy user guide for the tool is available here.
 
For additional event updates, please check the events calendar below or look on the Territorial Sea Plan page.
 
Missed a public meeting or webinar? View a webinar recording here!
  
 
Rocky Habitat Amendment Navigation
 Current Status of Update - Phase 2 ongoing
   
   
   
   
 

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