There’s More Beneath the Surface

Oregon’s marine reserves are areas in the ocean that are dedicated to conservation and scientific research. 5 Sites:  The Cape Falcon, Cascade Head, Otter Rock, Cape Perpetua, and Redfish Rocks marine reserves are each named after local natural landmarks. Within the marine reserves all removal of marine life is prohibited, as is ocean development.

The Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife oversees the management and scientific monitoring of these areas. For a state famous for exploration, we’ve only skimmed the surface of our coastal waters. Join us, as we study these areas and learn how to best maintain Oregon’s coastal ocean resources for generations to come. There’s a lot more of Oregon to discover.


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Cape Falcon

Oregon’s northernmost site, located next to the popular Oswald West State Park. Hiking trails provide views out over the reserve from atop the Cape.

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Cascade Head

Includes the north portion of the Siletz Reef, home to a wide variety of groundfish species including black rockfish, canary rockfish, lingcod, and kelp greenling.

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Otter Rock

Oregon’s smallest reserve, at 1.2 sq miles. Three offshore islands mark the west boundary. Visitors can explore tidepools, view seals hauled out onto the rocks, or stroll along the beach.

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Cape Perpetua

Home to some of the most biologically diverse rocky shores anywhere in the Pacific Northwest. Underwater you’ll find extensive soft bottom habitats and a deep, isolated rocky reef.

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Redfish Rocks

Five islands are visible from shore. Underwater is an extensive rocky reef. Kelp beds can be found between the islands and shore. These habitats support a diversity of fish, invertebrates, and seaweeds.

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Updates from the Field

June was a busy month of fieldwork wrapping up spring hook and line, longline, and SCUBA surveys, along with oceanography and juvenile fish research. Several big low tide series meant lots of intertidal surveys too. Read More

ROVing The Seafloor

Up until two decades ago very few people had seen the seabed under Oregon’s nearshore waters. All that began to change with the use of remotely operated vehicles, or ROVs. Read More

Mooring Deployment

If you’re out at Roads End, north of Lincoln City, you might notice a bright orange flag bobbing at the surface. It’s the most recent installation of oceanographic sensors deployed by the Marine Reserves team. Read More

Updates from the Field

With field season in full swing, it’s been a busy month of hook and line, longline, and SCUBA surveys, along with oceanography and juvenile fish research. Read More

Eyes in the Sky: Aerial Enforcement of Marine Reserves

A small, white, single engine plane bumped down the runway, gaining speed as it became airborne. It soared high above the coast as an Oregon State Police Trooper peered through binoculars at the ocean’s surface 2000 feet below. Learn more about aerial patrols of Oregon’s marine reserves Read More

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