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Nearshore task force to meet Dec. 2-3 in Newport
 
November 24, 2009

 

NEWPORT, Ore. –Oregon’s Nearshore Research Task Force, created in 2009 to advise the state on how to ”ensure the protection and utilization of Oregon’s nearshore resources”, will meet Dec. 2-3 in Newport.

The meeting will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 5: 30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 2 and will reconvene on Thursday, Dec. 3 at 8:30 a.m. at the Hallmark Resort, 744 SW Elizabeth Ave., Newport  97365. The public is invited to attend.

The Task Force was created by the state Legislature in June 2009 (NB 3106) to bring together representatives from universities, state agencies, industry and the public to plan for future needs for the management and protection of Oregon’s nearshore ocean, which extends from the shoreline out to three nautical miles.

According to Caren Braby, manager of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s marine resources program, this initial meeting will focus on a review of the documents that currently guide management of resources in the nearshore system and decide how the Task Force will deliberate in the upcoming year.

Wednesday’s agenda includes presentations by several state agencies involved in nearshore ocean management, including ODFW, Governor Kulongoski’s Office, Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development, and Oregon Sea Grant.

This is the first of what will be regular meetings of the Task Force to review and consolidate priorities for research, management and education related to nearshore marine resources, and to identify long-term funding sources to support these activities. The Task Force will make recommendations to the legislature in August 2010 and may continue work until January 2012.

The Task Force includes seven members from state agencies and seven members appointed by the Governor to represent various perspectives including local government, conservation, commercial and sport fishing, and non-fishing coastal industry and recreation.

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Contact:

Caren Braby (541) 867-0300 ext. 226
Jessica Sall (503) 947-6023

Fax:

(503) 947-6009

 
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