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Support policy and regulatory framework development to advance the wave energy industry.
Please note: many of the OWET project reports posted on the Web site are large files. Download times may vary. We appreciate your patience.
The overarching goal of this project was to compile the first-ever comprehensive maps illustrating the commercial, charter, and recreational fishing use patterns and values along the entire Oregon coast. We are deeply grateful to the 244 commercial fishermen, 63 charter operators/owners, and 237 recreational fishermen who participated in this project and shared their knowledge and experience with us. The resulting data collected will help inform various marine spatial planning decisions such as determining sites for wave energy projects which minimize impacts to existing human uses and providing a baseline for monitoring and evaluation research of spatial management measures.
Estimate potential net economic impacts of wave energy industry development in Oregon.
Multidisciplinary research program deriving practical information about people and communities in understanding how economic cost and benefits are interdependent and inextricably linked to values, perceptions, policies and decisions.
On behalf of the MarineMap Consortium, Ecotrust was retained by the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development in July of 2010 (with funding from the Oregon Wave Energy Trust and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife) to lead the development of Oregon MarineMap to support the State’s marine spatial planning efforts. More specifically, Goal 19 of Oregon’s Territorial Sea Plan requires the State “to conserve marine resources and ecological functions for the purpose of providing long-term ecological, economic, and social value and benefits to future generations.” Oregon MarineMap will allow users to collectively explore and analyze marine geospatial information to identify suitable areas for renewable ocean energy with consideration for existing uses and the conservation of marine resources and ecological functions.
The Planning and Assessment Frameworks for Oregon Wave Energy Projects (Framework) will 1) reduce development costs, 2) provide regulatory certainty and coordination, and 3) support Oregon spatial planning efforts for all types of wave energy technologies and industry players. The Framework builds upon and advances the Wave Energy Regulatory Analysis and Recommendations (completed by OWET in 2008-09), and aligns with and supports U.S. Department of Energy funded market acceleration programs.
Establish wave energy development guidelines that 1) address stakeholder’s needs and interests and 2) provide a clear, coordinated framework for wave energy development in Oregon.