Ocean Research Advisory Panel (ORAP)

The Ocean Research Advisory Panel (ORAP) was formed to advise the National Ocean Research Leadership Council (NORLC) and is called on to provide independent recommendations to Federal Government. From 2006-2011, the ORAP operated as the Ocean Research and Resources Advisory Panel (ORRAP). The Panel returned to its original name, ORAP, in 2011. The National Ocean Council Deputy-level Committee has assumed the duties of the statutorily mandated NORLC. Membership of ORAP is comprised of individuals from the National Academies, state government, academia, and ocean industries, representing marine science, marine policy, and other related fields. The ORAP is an advisory committee under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), and is the only FACA body chartered to advise all the “ocean agencies.”

On 19 July 2010, the President released Executive Order 13547, adopting the final recommendations of the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force, which specifically designates ORAP to “provide independent advice and guidance” to the Cabinet-level National Ocean Council.

Additional information on the Panel and its responsibilities can be found in the ORAP Charter.


1)  Next Meeting
The Ocean Research Advisory Panel (ORAP) will hold a meeting in Summer or Fall of 2014.

2) ORAP Welcomes New Member
The Ocean Research Advisory Panel is pleased to welcome new members to the panel: Mr. Bill Dewey of Taylor Shellfish Company, Ms. Gail Scowcroft of the University of Rhode Island and Mr. Bruce Tackett of Resource Access International. Additionally, Dr. Robert Duce, Chair of the Ocean Studies Board, will serve on the panel as the representative from the National Academies.

ORAP membership is comprised of individuals from academia, ocean industries and the National Academies to represent marine science, marine policy, and other related fields. The ORAP provides independent scientific advice and recommendations to the Federal Government on topics related to ocean research. For a full list of ORAP members, please see the Membership page.

To view the ORAP Charter or Membership Balance Plan, both approved on 17 April 2014, please click on the corresponding link.

Additional Useful Links

ORAP Meeting Information (Past & Current)

ORAP Publications and Reports

ORAP Membership List

Current ORAP Taskings

ORAP Sub-Panels

Special Topics



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