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Beneath the Surface: Allocating Oregon’s Territorial Sea
Monday, February 27, 2012 - 8:00am to Friday, March 2, 2012 - 8:00pm

Dates: February 27-March 2, 2012

Location: Newport, OR

In March of 2008, Oregon Governor Kulongoski issued an executive order initiating two parallel but linked ocean planning processes: the designation of marine reserves, and the amendment of the Territorial Sea Plan to guide the potential siting of wave energy projects. Allocating portions of the territorial sea (0-3 nautical miles offshore) to these uses that may affect fishing and other activities has been contentious and controversial. Oversight for both plans has been provided by the state’s Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC), comprised of ocean stakeholders, local governments and state agencies. A key tool to facilitate planning and public engagement, in particular by commercial fishers, has been digital map overlays of existing and potential ocean uses and ecological resources. Factoring in state, federal, and international authorities regulating ocean activities has added complexity. This case study will evaluate the effectiveness of these planning processes in reaching marine reserve and wave energy project siting decisions that balance impacts to the marine ecosystem and human uses.

The Executive Seminar Program is an advanced leadership training program for natural resource leaders offered by the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government and the Center for Public Service at Portland State University. For more information, visit the program web page.