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Oregon Fishermen's Cable Committee

2023 Port Meetings

All Trawler Owners, Captains and Crew (draggers, shrimpers, whiting) - you are invited to attend one of our local port meetings. Lunch is provided. Enter drawings for one $200 gift card from Cabela's or Englund Marine Supply (drawing to be held on Monday, February 27, 2023, from all entries). $50 cash prize drawing at each meeting location. All meetings will start at noon.

Brookings Blue Water Cafe & Lounge
97900 Shopping Center Ave
Mon. February 20
Charleston Fishermen's Grotto
91149 Cape Arago Hwy
Tues. Februay 21
Newport Englund Marine Supply
880 SE Bay Blvd.
Wed. February 22
Warrenton El Compadre Restaurant
119 S. Main Ave
Fri. February 24

We hope you will attend! For more information, please call our office at (503) 325-2285, Scott McMullen at (503) 440-3569, or email us at staff@ofcc.com. Download meeting flyer.

Version 11 Thumbdrive

OFCC Version 11 is available for your plotters adding the as-laid Jupiter Cable - Phase 1, starting approximately 3 miles offshore and going west. This outer portion of the Jupiter Cable was installed offshore of Sand Lake, north of Cape Kiwanda, in Summer 2020. V11 thumb drives are available at the OFCC office at 2021 Marine Dr., Suite 102; email: staff@ofcc.com; or call 503.325.2285 (or Scott at 503.440.3569). The near shore portion was completed in fall 2021. Thumbdrives with the whole route should be available in early 2023.

Jupiter Cable

Facebook joined the OFCC on June 20, 2018, becoming the ninth submarine cable owner, joining General Communications, Inc. (GCI), Alaska Communications (ACS), Verizon, Tata Communications, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, GU Holdings Inc. (Google), Microsoft Infrastructure Group, LLC., and Hawaiki Submarine Cable USA LLC. Facebook is one of the consortium owners of the Jupiter cable system. The Jupiter system will land in California and in Oregon. The California portion has been completed. Phase 1 of the Oregon landing of the Jupiter system, going west from 3 ½ miles offshore, was in Summer 2020 off Sand Lake, near Cape Kiwanda. The near shore portion of the installation was completed in fall 2021. There is more testing and network procedures to complete before going live some time in 2022. Facebook worked with the Oregon fishing industry to get the best route crossing the shelf and slope. Jupiter will cross the Pacific Ocean to Japan and the Philippines, a total length of 4,860 nm. The cable has a design capacity of 60 Tbps. SubCom is the manufacturer and installer.

Successful Science Platform and Gear Recovery

On July 7, 2018 the RV Bold Horizon, using a small Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV), successfully recovered fishing gear and the sub-surface platform the gear was fouled on. The science platform, part of the Ocean Observatories Initiative, was struck by trawl gear on September 16, 2017, disabling the platform and the shallow-water profiler that was onboard. Pelagic Research Services, which was contracted to recover the platform and gear, found the platform and a trawl door about 38 fms off the bottom in 304 fms of water. OFCC Board member and fisherman Gary Wintersteen assisted with the recovery. Photos courtesy of Gary Wintersteen. More photos and video are available on our Facebook page.

The Oregon Fishermen's Cable Committee is an association of concerned Oregon commercial trawl fishermen who have negotiated cooperative agreements with fiber optic cable companies to protect the integrity of the fiber optic network and the fishing grounds.


Since its inception, the committee works to follow the goals of its charter - to facilitate communication, coordination and cooperation between the fishing industry and the submarine cable industry and to inform the fishing fleet of appropriate operation procedures.

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