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Human Dimension Series

Human Dimension Series

The State of Oregon and Oregon's Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) needs geospatial information for the coastal offshore areas for planning. NMFS also needs this information. This map is one in a reference chart series showing human use and management. Generated initially to support the Oregon marine reserve proposal process, these maps were part of a larger interagency effort that also mapped biological resources and seafloor and shoreline. The sea has traditionally been familiar territory to the fishing community. Other interests such as potential wave energy projects and marine conservation have emerged. The maps help resource managers and community members understand current and potential use of specific areas. The maps are used to facilitate planning, state and local discussions, and education efforts.

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