Infographic: 2019 Highlights

A few ODFW Marine Reserves Program highlights from 2019, including studying microplastics in fish, new scientific research publications, $93,490 in vessel contracts with local fishermen and more. Read More

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

Upcoming STAC Meeting

The Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) will be meeting remotely on Thursday, August 29th, 2019 from 9:00AM to 12:00PM. This will be a virtual meeting. The agenda and information about how to join is available here. STAC will be continuing discussions on planning for the 2023 Marine Reserves Program evaluation.  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