Update on Spring Field Season

We wanted to share with you that the ODFW Marine Reserves Program has made the decision to postpone our spring field season. Keeping our volunteers, contractors, and staff safe is our top priority right now. Our current plan is to postpone the field season through May 31st. Read More

Meet Our Newest Team Member: Ryan Fields

Ryan officially joined the ODFW Marine Reserves Program in February 2020 and is one of our three ecological monitoring team members. He originally hails from Kodiak Island Alaska where he spent his summers commercial fishing for salmon with his family. He received a Master’s degree in 2016 in marine science at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories. Read More

“Sense of Place” a Short Film by OSU-MSI Filmmaking Intern

This past summer, Amir Ahmad was an OSU-MSI Science Filmmaking intern. He collaborated with us to produce a short film highlighting some of the volunteers assisting in the scientific monitoring of Oregon’s marine reserves. This 5 minute film explores some of the different ways these volunteers identify with and are connected to the ocean and why they volunteer. Read More

Black Oystercatcher Study With Help From Volunteers

While the Black Oystercatcher has a conspicuous presence on our coast, little demographic information has been collected on this seabird in recent years. Portland Audubon, research partners, and volunteers conducted a statewide survey to get an updated population estimate and learn more about their distribution at marine reserve sites and along the coast. Findings from this study have recently been published. Read More

Returning To The Reserves: Lars Robison

With a profession spanning five decades off of a 15-mile stretch of coastline, this charter boat captain’s sense of place for the Cascade Head Marine Reserve area remains deep and unchanged. Join us as we talk with Lars Robison and explore his knowledge of the reserve, how he came to know these waters, and his continued connections with this place. Read More

2019 Fish On! Hook and Line Newsletter

Another successful year of hook and line surveys is completed, which means another edition of our annual FishOn! Hook and Line Newsletter. This past year we caught and sampled 1,250 fish representing 18 different species at Redfish and Cape Falcon. Check out the FishOn! Newsletter to see more highlights and data from our surveys in 2019. Read More

Returning to the Reserves

People’s experiences with the ocean – the smell of salt, the spray of waves, the rolling storms and the stunning calms — have a way of creating a sense of connectedness. Read more about our upcoming series that looks at different people’s sense of place and their different connections with the ocean. Read More