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Southern Oregon Ocean Resource Coalition

The Southern Oregon Resource Coalition was established in response to evolving ocean policy and proposed new uses of Oregonís territorial sea.  SOORC is a coalition of marine related interests on the South Coast concerned about Oregonís coastal environments and communities.  The founding members believe an informed and open dialogue between marine resource-dependent businesses and competing uses of open ocean resources is essential. SOORC serves as a forum to address issues of common interest to its members and associated industries through facilitation, engagement and communication. The founders believe in a solution-based dialogue for the benefit of all ocean resource users.   

SOORC has been meeting with representatives of Ocean Power Technology (OPT), a New Jersey company, that filed an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to establish a 10-buoy pilot wave energy project at Gardiner, Oregon. In addition, SOORC is meeting with representatives of Seattle-based Principle Power, which is proposing the WindFloat Pacific Demonstration Project. The pilot project would install five, 6 Mw wind turbines mounted on floating platforms approximately 18 miles offshore of Coos Bay.

These projects, as well as the Governorís Ocean Policy Advisory Council process for establishing marine reserves, offshore aquaculture operations and amendments to Oregonís Territorial Sea Plan are of great interest to SOORC, due to the potential economic impacts to coastal communities. 

For more information please contact:

Brooke Walton
Director of Business Development & External Affairs
Oregon International Port of Coos Bay
(541) 267-7678 or

Hugh Link
Executive Director
Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission
(541) 267-5810 or

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