Port of Newport

An Authentic Working Waterfront That Invites You To Come And Play


General Information about the Port of Newport

The Port of Newport is located on the central Oregon coast in the City of Newport, Lincoln County seat and major business/economic hub of the area, and encompasses approximately 59 square miles and has an estimated population of 10,800 persons. Port boundaries reach north to Otter Rock, east up to six miles inland, south to Seal Rock, and west to the Pacific Ocean. Commercial and sport fishing, fish processing, shipping, tourism, recreation, and lumber and wood processing are the area’s major industries.

District Operations

The District's primary business centers are the International Shipping Terminal, the Commercial Fishing Marina, the Recreational Marina, the RV Parks and the NOAA MOC-P Facility.

Meeting monthly on the fourth Tuesday at South Beach Marina Activities Room, 2120 SE Marine Science Drive, Newport OR., a five-member commission elected at large is responsible for policy setting and strategic direction of the District.


Board of Commissioners

Name, Title Occupation Serving Since Term Expires
Walter Chuck (Pos. 1) Water Treatment Operator 22 Nov 2011 30 Jun 2019
Sara Skamser (Pos. 2)         Shore Side Services     1   Jul 2017 30 Jun 2021
Stewart Lamerdin, Secretary/Treasurer (Pos. 3) Ship Operations     1   Jul 2015  30 Jun 2019
Jeff Lackey, Vice President (Pos. 4)           Distant Water Fishery 1   Jul 2017 30 Jun 2021
James Burke (Pos. 5) Oregon Coast Aquarium 26 Jun 2018 30 Jun 2019


Aaron Bretz, Director of Operations. Mr. Bretz joined the Port of Newport after retiring from the U.S. Coast Guard with 21 years of service. His service included capital projects, search-and-rescue team leading and training, and streamlining of operating procedures. Mr. Bretz is a Newport resident, where he lives with his wife and three children. In addition to his experience in the maritime sector, he holds a B.S. in Applied Management from Ohio University.

District employees also include an administrative assistant, five finance personnel, and twelve operations and maintenance personnel.