Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve

Explore beneath the surface of the ocean in the Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve, located off the central Oregon coast. See underwater video footage taken with ODFW’s Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV). Swim along with schools of fish, find an octopus hiding in a rocky crevice, and see white plumose sea anemones swaying in the current.

New Report: Qualitative Evaluation of Impacts on Fishers

This project is designed to capture the lived experience of commercial and charter fishers who are directly impacted by marine reserves. We were particularly interested in the economic, social, and cultural impacts of the marine reserves, including whether or not fishers were shifting their efforts to other species or locations following reserve implementation. Read More

Management Plan: Cape Perpetua

The management plan for the Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve is now available. The Plan outlines the state’s marine reserve mandates and describes management, outreach, and engagement strategies developed for the site. These strategies were developed with help and input from local community members and other interested Oregonians. Read More

Diving Into Hook-and-Line Data

Though our spring hook-and-line surveys were cancelled, our ecological team has been busy analyzing data from previous sampling years. These graphs summarize the average biomass of fish throughout the years of sampling at Cascade Head and Cape Perpetua, which were established as marine reserves in 2014. 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