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.
Spot a China Rockfish, see urchins, and swim along with a school of rockfish in a sea of coralline pink rocks. This video is from a rocky reef located off of Humbug Mountain, which is monitored alongside the Redfish Rocks Marine Reserve for comparison. This video was shot during one of our SCUBA surveys.
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.
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.
Check out these highlights from the ODFW Marine Reserves Program and Oregon’s five marine reserve sites from 2019. Explore underwater, see scientists and fishermen in action, find snapshots from the air and from community events. From hook-and-line surveys to underwater SCUBA excursions, it’s been a busy year.
Underwater video collected by ODFW’s ROV helped in the initial documentation of hypoxia (low oxygen) off the central Oregon coast in 2002. More recently, the ROV has been used to show the impacts on marine communities post Sea Star Wasting disease. The ROV is also one of the core tools used to monitor Oregon’s reserves.
Watch as ODFW sets out oceanographic sensors at Cascade Head. These sensors collect data on temperature, salinity, and oxygen every hour of the day and are left in the water for several months. This helps us understand the oceanographic conditions at the marine reserve, such as when a hypoxia (low oxygen) event has occurred.