OPAC Meetings and Movies

Ocean FrontiersCLATSOP COUNTY is sponsoring a FREE screening of two movies at the Fort George Brewery Lovell Tap Room, on December 15, from 6:00 until 9:00 PM.  The movie event coincides with the Dec. 15-16 meeting of the Oregon Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) and Territorial Sea Plan Working Group in Astoria.

OPAC is a 24-member advisory panel to the Governor representing fishing and conservation interests, local governments, tribes and state agencies with stakes in management of Oregon’s marine environment. The council is currently updating the management plan for Oregon’s Territorial Sea, which extends three nautical miles from shore.

Sneak Preview of the New Documentary
Ocean Frontiers: the Dawn of a New Era in Ocean Stewardship

Ocean Frontiers is a new documentary from Green Fire Productions that explores the challenges facing our ocean and chronicles successful strategies being implemented across the country to address them.

Mary Wahl, a fourth generation rancher from the southern Oregon coast featured in Ocean Frontiers says, “We needed to bury that tired, old idea, that loggers and fishing people, ranchers and environmentalists were on different sides. Those days are sort of over. It’s clear that people from all these different arenas can come together and make good things happen, and that’s what’s going on here.”

Green Fire Productions
Green Fire Productions

Ocean Frontiers takes us on an inspiring voyage to seaports and watersheds across the country—from the busy shipping lanes of Boston Harbor to an obscure little fishing community in the Pacific Northwest; from America’s coral reef playground in the Florida Keys to the nation’s premier seafood nursery in the Mississippi Delta. Here we meet an intermingling of unlikely allies, of industrial shippers and whale biologists, pig farmers and wetland ecologists, sport fishers and reef snorkelers and many more, all of them embarking on a new course of cooperation, in defense of the seas that sustain us.

Ocean Frontiers is a must-see film, says Billy Causey, Southeast Regional Director, National Marine Sanctuary System. “Ocean Frontiers tells a powerful story about stakeholder involvement and the concept of multiple uses and the need to balance conservation and protection with sustainable use. Everyone who makes a living off the ocean and cares about the ocean needs to see this film.”

Filmed in HD, 80 minutes. Ocean Frontiers is a documentary and outreach campaign to inspire and mobilize audiences to better care for the ocean, for the good of all.

A new way of thinking, a new way of living, in concert with the sea, in consideration of those yet to come. Now is your opportunity to get involved.

Crab catch aboard Nick Edwards Boat (F/V Carter Jon)—photo courtesy of Pacific Media Productions (PMP)

Oregon’s Ocean Fisheries: A Conservation Story
The uplifting story of how West Coast fisheries became sustainable.
It’s a story, that, until now, has NOT been told.

GO OUT to sea with the fishermen to see how they harvest seafood.  You will see and hear, first hand, from fishermen and scientists, how they partnered to make big-effective changes to the fisheries.  The take-away message of the film is CONSERVATION WORKS when informed people collaborate to achieve common objectives.  People who have seen the film report the documentary gave them an entirely new perspective on Oregon’s Ocean. (Produced by Onno Husing).

Go to for agendas and more information on the Territorial Sea Plan Working Group and OPAC meetings.

Go to for more information on “Oregon’s Ocean Fisheries,” and for more on “Ocean Frontiers.”