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

Diving Into Our Living Laboratories

A team of wetsuit-clad divers sit on the edge of a boat adjusting their masks before splashing into the cold waters of the Pacific Ocean. These divers belong to a specialized scientific research team–and the marine reserves are their living laboratories. Read More

Back to the Future

With the help of our many partners in academia, the fishing industry, coastal communities and non-government organizations 2015 proved to be a busy year. Check out some of the Program highlights over the past year! Read More