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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.

 

Fisheries
Sea Lions and Harbor Seals

Many old time residents on the Oregon Coast have seen the population of marine mammals on the Oregon Coast grow exponentially. At the mouths of rivers, it's a common site to large herds of harbor seals clustered together in haul out areas, resting on sand spits.

The rapid expansion of the seal and sea lion populations has been the result, in large part, of the strict and highly effective protections under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) of 1976.

Sea Lions and Harbor Seals
Before the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1976 (MMPA), for generations, coastal people hunted and harvested sea lions and harbor seals. [more]

  


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