The ODFW Marine Reserves Program is responsible for leading the human dimensions research for Oregon’s marine reserves. We are working in collaboration with a variety of research partners in this scientific endeavor. Learn more about the research being conducted …
What Do We Study?
This research looks to describe and understand the effects that occur over time to regions, communities, social groups, and individuals when we set areas aside for conservation and cease fishing in those areas. Our research is looking at:
- How communities are affected. We look at communities of place — like Depoe Bay, of occupation — such as the fishing industry, and of interest — like wildlife viewers.
- Ways ocean users are affected. We consider both extractive and non-extractive uses and users.
- How regional economies are affected. This includes looking at economic contributions, losses, and changes.
- Interactions between the economy, marine environment, and communities. How do people value and depend on the ocean? What desires and expectations do the public hold for the ocean and conservation areas managed by the state?
Over time, we will begin to understand the variety and differences in effects that marine reserves can have here in Oregon.
Human Dimensions scientific research draws from multiple social sciences including economics, sociology, anthropology, and psychology. In some instances the information produced is quantitative; in others it is qualitative or descriptive. Each of these sciences has established protocols or research tools for collecting information and drawing conclusions from that information.
We are working in collaboration with a variety of research partners to study the human dimensions of Oregon’s marine reserves. These partners provide advice, lend different expertise, and help us round out our monitoring program. Our Partners include social scientists from universities and the private sector.