Oregon’s coastal ecosystems - watershed, estuarine, shoreline, nearshore, and offshore - are among the most productive in the world, yielding benefits such as fisheries, tourism, alternative energy sources, clean water and habitat for people and other species.
These systems, and the people who live, work and play in them, face increasing pressure from habitat loss, aquatic invasive species, contaminants, overuse and climate change. Combined, these factors strain the ecosystems' function and productivity, and reduce our ability to sustainably benefit from all the coast has to offer.
Such systems cross political boundaries - as do the pressures affecting them. Ecosystem-based management encourages coordination among federal, state and local players, and active engagement from those who live, work, play at and govern our coasts.
Oregon Sea Grant applies our expertise and resources to work with partners at all levels to address such ecosystem-scale issues. We work to strengthen our traditional programming (working waterfronts, invasive species, coastal hazards, habitat restoration, watershed education and coastal tourism) with emerging issues such as surface and groundwater contaminants, marine spatial planning and the human dimensions of alternative energy development.