Have Marine Reserves Impacted Daily Fishing License Sales?

Each year thousands of people pack up their gear, set their out-of-office email response to a fishing emoji, and head to the Oregon coast. Some fishers may have found their usual fishing spot closed after marine reserve implementation. These fishers could change their behavior. To find out if fishing behavior has changed after marine reserve implementation, we looked at ODFW’s sales of daily fishing licenses. Read More

Beneath the Surface at Otter Rock

Black Rockfish swim by as cryptic sea urchins and sea stars cling to rocks. This video was taken with ODFW’s video lander during scientific monitoring surveys at the Otter Rock Marine Reserve. Our long-term marine reserves monitoring is helping us track and understand nearshore ocean changes both inside and outside of the reserves over time.

Curious Rockfish Checking Out Our Camera

Red sea urchins and an orange ochre sea star, with some curious Black Rockfish and a Kelp Greenling checking out our camera. This video clip was taken at a rocky reef located off of Cape Foulweather, which is monitored alongside the Otter Rock Marine Reserve for comparison.

Seaweeds Swaying in the Current

Seaweeds and plankton sway in the current near some hunkered down purple sea urchins. This video clip was taken at a rocky reef located off of Cape Foulweather, which is monitored alongside the Otter Rock Marine Reserve for comparison.

School of Rockfish

A clear blue day underwater amidst a school of fish. This video clip was taken at a rocky reef located off of Cape Foulweather, which is monitored alongside the Otter Rock Marine Reserve for comparison. This monitoring is helping us track and understand ocean changes occurring both inside and outside of the reserve over time.

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