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.
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.
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
Results from our intertidal surveys indicate that while Ochre Sea Star densities declined during the sea star wasting outbreak, they are rebounding … Read More
Our team ventured out into the intertidal this month to carry out two days of mussel bed surveys, at Otter Rock and Cascade Head … Read More
Our staff were excited to venture out into the intertidal this week to conduct Sea Star Wasting surveys at Otter Rock and Cascade Head. Read More
Even though spring fieldwork has been postponed, we’ve been hard at work analyzing data. We are currently exploring the subtidal impacts of sea star wasting disease (SSW) using the data collected in our SCUBA surveys. Read More
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