Photo: Research being conducted in 2017 at Orford Reef (comparison area for Redfish Rocks Marine Reserve) aboard the F/V Top Gun
Oceanographic Monitoring – With longer days and sunshine returning to the coast, we’ll be embarking on some limited fieldwork this spring that can be done safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. Building on the success of our 2020 fieldwork efforts, we’ll be setting out oceanographic moorings with sensors at four marine reserve sites this year – at Redfish Rocks, Cape Perpetua, Cascade Head and Cape Falcon. We plan on getting our oceanographic moorings into the water sometime between April-May for collecting data on temperature, salinity and oxygen. We’ll retrieve the moorings and sensors later this fall, around September.
Data Analysis and Writing – ODFW Marine Reserves Program staff are presently submerged in data analysis and writing. These efforts are to develop the ODFW Marine Reserves Program Synthesis Report, which will report on the program’s activities and monitoring over the last 10 years. The Synthesis Report will be completed and released in December.