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Act as an information clearinghouse for industry development and link groups by providing a forum for wave energy stakeholders to identify and resolve barriers.
The Oregon Coastal Zone Management Association (an extension of local governments on the Oregon Coast) has spearheaded the gathering of community-information needed to create an Oregon ocean plan. A key overlay of data for the planning process is the location of important commercial and recreational fishing grounds. That information, along with other overlays of information showing sensitive marine ecosystems and other existing ocean uses, will be used to identify areas in the ocean optimal for commercial-scale wave energy sites
FISCHRED was formed to serve as a central decision-making entity to guide, review, and approve of how fisheries data will be presented, utilized, or applied in the Territorial Sea Plan and other planning/policy processes.
This project includes implementing outreach programs and developing partnerships with industry and stakeholder groups under the Coastal Outreach category of OWET’s plan. It is part of a larger program for wave energy education at Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC) to increase the general public’s understanding of marine energy. The HMSC receives over 150,000 visitors per year. Liquid crystal display (LCD) panels that will be purchased and materials will be collected or developed to provide information on wave energy technology, current project status, political and economic considerations, key scientists and engineers talking about the benefits of wave energy.
Oregon Sea Grant maintains a neutral role, working with all stakeholders through building processes for dialogue and engagement. Much of their work on wave energy has focused around creating organized groups of fishermen that are able to work directly with the wave energy industry. The Oregon Wave Energy Trust has supported these efforts by granting funds to Oregon Sea Grant, which are then funneled to these groups to continue their engagement. Other funded outreach and engagement efforts have included coast wide meetings for all fishermen, public community forums, and public workshops on marine spatial planning and fishing effort mapping.