The ODFW Marine Reserves Program is in charge of leading the scientific monitoring of Oregon’s marine reserves. We study both the ecology and the human dimensions of the reserves. For instance, how do marine reserve protections — no fishing and no ocean development — affect marine species and habitats? How do these protections affect people and communities? How do people value and depend on the ocean? What else can we learn about Oregon’s nearshore marine ecosystem?
For a state famous for exploration, we’ve only skimmed the surface of our coastal waters.
This is a long-term research and monitoring program. What we’re learning from this work is being used to support the management of marine reserves and sustainable nearshore ocean resources and coastal communities here in Oregon, now and into the future. There’s plenty more to discover, so let’s dive in.
Each Site is Unique: 5 Case Studies
Each of Oregon’s marine reserves is unique. They are different shapes and sizes. They have distinct habitats and biological characteristics. They each experienced different types and levels of fishing before closure. And, the demographics of the coastal towns and communities most closely tied to each site are different.
These unique features mean we will likely see different effects at each site. This gives us an opportunity, to consider Oregon’s marine reserves as five case studies to learn from. By examining these case studies over time we’ll learn how these different marine reserve site designs and placement matter, and understand the strengths and weaknesses of different management strategies.