A Prickly Problem with Sea Urchins

Beneath the waves, once towering kelp beds are collapsing from an unprecedented perfect storm that has been brewing below the surface. First, a massive epidemic wiped out sea stars, then a marine heatwave and El Niño, and now an explosion of sea urchins. Read More

Banking on Baby Fish and Big Data

Cabezon are a popular fish in both the recreational and commercial fisheries here in Oregon. This means that their populations have to be tracked carefully in order to ensure catches are maintained at sustainable levels. If fish were like a bank account, the money flowing in and out must be kept in balance. 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