Reports from the Field – June

Photo: Oregon State University collaborators deploy a SMURF, a ‘Standardized Monitoring Unit for the Recruitment of Fishes’, in order to study juvenile fish in the marine reserves. 

This month staff ran a virtual training for volunteer biological assistants to support Hook-and-Line surveys this fall. We also continued field work efforts for several projects:

Cascade Head & Otter Rock: Intertidal sea star surveys were completed during this years minus-tides. This type of monitoring evaluates sea star abundance and health by documenting species, size and presence of sea star wasting disease. 

Otter Rock & Redfish Rocks: We collaborated with Oregon State University and the Oregon Coast Aquarium to deploy SMURFs (Standardized Monitoring Units for the Recruitment of Fishes). These devices help us study juvenile fish in the marine reserves.