The Oregon Fishermen’s Cable Committee (OFCC), Inc., an Astoria-based nonprofit organization that works with commercial fishermen and subsea fiber-optic cables, received the Department of State Lands 2018 Partnership Award from the State Land Board on Tuesday, June 11, in Salem.
The award is based on innovation, consistency, effort and being a good example in partnership with the Oregon Department of State Lands in stewardship of Oregon’s natural resources. The award recognized the more than 20-year history of the OFCC working cooperatively with submarine cable owners and installers on projects to develop and land submarine cable systems on the Oregon coast. These installations have been done in a way that minimizes negative impacts to Oregon’s territorial sea and the Oregon fishing industry while providing significant benefits to the State of Oregon.
Oregon Secretary of State Bev Clarno said, “This ongoing collaboration has resulted in responsible, sustainable stewardship of the territorial sea and the natural resources it contains.”
She noted that the increasing number of undersea cable landings in Oregon resulted in a more robust internet backbone for the state, development of data centers and cloud storage facilities and better connectivity for tech companies. Clarno concluded the presentation by noting that “working together, the OFCC and submarine cable owners have achieved what neither could accomplish alone — making Oregon a very successful place to land West Coast fiber-optic cables while maintaining a vibrant fishing industry. This Oregon model of cooperation among stakeholders has been held up as an example globally, not just for marine spatial management, but in other industries as well.”
Former state legislator and Lincoln County Commissioner Terry Thompson received the plaque from Gov. Kate Brown.