Take a deeper dive into marine reserves’ monitoring data from the comfort of your home!
We are excited to announce the release of our new data dashboard: The ODFW Marine Reserves Program Data App. This new online tool allows you to use simple-drop down menus to navigate through data ODFW has collected over the last ten years, across Oregon’s marine reserves and their comparison areas. The data app is centered on data collected using our core monitoring tools – the main focus of ODFW’s survey efforts. We invite you to explore with us as we begin to investigate trends and natural variation of different species at each marine reserve.
Each of Oregon’s five marine reserves differs in its size, spatial configuration, habitats, and past fishing pressure – important characteristics that influence ecological responses to reserve protections. As you explore the app, remember that each reserve is a case study that provides the opportunity to learn about how unique site characteristics elicit different ecological changes and conservation outcomes over time. These unique characteristics also mean we’ve had to implement different study designs and combinations of survey tools to sample the marine communities present at each site. We hope this data app serves to help you better understand the data collected at each site.
As the ODFW Marine Reserves Program continues working on a more formal summary of data and analyses, beyond what’s already available in past reports and publications, we hope that this data app complements our efforts in a fun and approachable way. The data presented in this app are preliminary and for exploratory purposes only. Data management and analysis are on-going and therefore data may be updated or modified at any time on the app. So from the comfort of your own home, don your mask and snorkel and dive into the data with us to explore Oregon’s marine reserves!
Questions regarding the ODFW Data App? Please contact Ryan Fields at email@example.com.