New Marine Reserves Publication

ODFW Marine Reserves Program scientists, Jessica Watson and Dr. Brittany Huntington, recently published their work on developing a cost effective video lander tool for estimating relative fish abundance. The article is published in the Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. Read More

Calling All Oregonians!

Help us learn how Oregonians use, value and depend on their coast and ocean resources. Take the online survey as part of the Oregon Coastal Values Study being conducted by our research collaborators at Portland State University. Read More

Double Vision: Are Two Cameras Better Than One?

Measuring a fish via video isn’t some bizarre concept dreamt up by Silicon Valley computer whizzes. This technique has been used in Oregon by ODFW researchers for the last two decades. But why do researchers want to measure the sizes of fish and how might two video cameras help? Read More

Upwelling on the South Coast

It was the first day of a five-day research expedition in and around Redfish Rocks Marine Reserve. The wind had been blowing hard from the north for several days, but had tapered off by the first day of the research trip. On the days that followed, researchers watched underwater as the ocean color changed from crystal clear blue to a murky, pea-soup green. Read More

Competing Values in Conservation

How do you measure tradeoffs when comparing positive outcomes for one group of people versus the negative outcomes to another? Creating a new wilderness area, designating a wild and scenic river, or creating marine reserves all provide conservation benefits. However, there are tradeoffs. Read More

Landing on the Seafloor: Piloting a New Camera System

Video surveys offer a cost-effective, non-extractive means for collecting valuable data on fish and habitats. Like all scientific research tools, there are questions about potential biases. Results from a video lander pilot study conducted by the ODFW Marine Reserve Program looks into these questions and has some surprising results. Read More