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Coastal Planning

Coastal Planning

The Oregon coast has long been a place utilized for food, recreation, relaxation, and cultural practice. Ocean planning is key to balancing the complex networks of coastal users, while protecting the sustainability of diverse ecosystems along the coast and just offshore.

The Oregon Territorial Sea Plan (TSP) consists of goals and policies that act as a coordination framework and guide for agencies to use while managing resources within the territorial sea.
Oregon's estuaries are protected under Statewide Planning Goal 16 which focuses on sustaining the long-term values, diversity, and benefits of estuaries and associated wetlands.
Oregon’s statewide land use planning program requires local governments to plan for and make decisions that account for coastal natural hazards.

Articles & Stories

Photo Credit: NOAA, Marine Debris Program (2014)Marine pollution can originate from land,...
Photo Credit: Pat Kight, Oregon Sea Grant (2011)Marine fisheries are a significant source of...
Photo credit: Randy Baumhover, Shore Acres State Park, Oregon (2014)The term “biophysical”...
"Land use" refers specifically to human uses of the land. The term "land cover" is used for...
 Photo Credit:  (2017)Why should we monitor Oregon’s ocean currents, water chemistry, temperature...

Maps and Tools

Oregon Explorer mapping tool with locations of past and present coastal research projects on the... more

Data Collections

The Oregon Coastal Atlas provides access to data and information which can be used to inform... more

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What is Ocean & Coastal Planning?

Ocean planning in Oregon is focused on protecting marine resources and the ecological functions that provide long-term economic and social benefits for all Oregonians. Maritime activities, like fishing, recreation, tourism, transportation, scientific research, and education, traditional cultural practices, and sight-seeing are important to the State and local economies. The ocean is a large, publicly owned area where many different uses are supported. The goal of ocean planning is to reduce conflict between these wide ranging activities and ensure that they are carried out in a sustainable manner. Ocean users, along with state and federal agencies, are faced with the challenge of maintaining the health of the ocean ecosystem. Today, traditional uses of the ocean are increasing and new potential uses, such as renewable energy development and ocean aquaculture, are emerging. Visit the main Oregon Coastal Managment Program webpage to learn more about the program and Statewide Ocean Resource Management.