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Mission statement

OCZMA serves local elected officials on the Oregon Coast.  OCZMA is a clearinghouse of objective information on issues relating to the Oregon Coast—this information is then shared with the state and federal government.  OCZMA conducts studies on the Oregon Coast's economy and carries out applied research to improve the standard of living in the region.  Through our extensive network of local government officials and many other partners, OCZMA gives voice to the concerns and needs of coastal residents.


Commercial & Recreational Fisheries

Commercial and recreational fisheries are an important part of the lifestyle and economy of the Oregon Coast. Each year, OCZMA works with the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW) to document the economic contribution of sports and commercial fishing to the Oregon Coast. In 2004, the commercial fishing industry alone generated about $260 million in personal income.

The Oregon Coast has a number of working waterfronts (Astoria/Warrenton, Garibaldi, Depoe Bay, Newport, Winchester Bay, Coos Bay/Charleston, Port Orford, Gold Beach and Brookings). In some towns commercial fisheries provides a quarter or third of all the annual earned income. The seafood industry supports a cluster of fish processing plants, mechanics, machine shops and welders, refrigeration specialists, marine electronics sales and service firms, professional services (attorneys and accountants), and marine suppliers.

At many coastal ports, people can book trips on charter fishing boats. Or, you can launch your own boat to fish for salmon or bottom fish or go recreational crabbing. Twelve Dungeness crab per person per day is the limit. And, when the crabbing is good, limits are pretty easy to get.

And, of course, when people travel to the Oregon Coast they love to watch and photograph the fishing fleet. Many people enjoy eating fresh locally-caught seafood when they visit the coast so there are direct ties between tourism and commercial and recreational fisheries.

Fisheries are an integral part of the Oregon Coast experience. Fisheries attract artists, writers and a growing number of accomplished retirees. These new people are making their own special contribution to our evolving economy and culture.

Commercial & Recreational Fisheries Reports
Commercial and recreational fisheries are an important part of the lifestyle and economy of the Oregon Coast.  [more]

Dungeness Crab Fishery
Oregon Dungeness Crab season usually begins on December 1st and lasts about two or three months. That's when the crab reach their peak of quality. [more]

Groundfish Fishery
Groundfish is a generic term for a wide variety of rockfish and other bottom dwelling fish such as ling cod, black cod, and thornyheads. [more]

Coastal Salmon Fishery
Many people believe that Oregon ocean-troll caught Chinook salmon—harvested in the ocean in peak condition—are among the world's finest salmon to eat. [more]

Pink Shrimp
Oregon Pink Shrimp makes great shrimp cocktails and works well in any recipe calling for small shrimp. [more]

Albacore Tuna
For the first six or seven years of their life, Albacore Tuna each year make enormous migrations around the Pacific Ocean. [more]

Pacific Whiting & Oregon-Based Alaskan Fisheries
OCZMA worked with the fishing industry leaders and folks at Oregon State University (OSU) to secure a shoreside allocation for Pacific Whiting. [more]

Sea Lions and Harbor Seals
The rapid expansion of the seal and sea lion population has been the result, in large part, of the strict and highly efffective protections under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) of 1976. [more]


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