Oregon Marine Reserves Implementation


State: OR
Country: USA
Theme: Ocean Protection
Launch Date: June 25 2013
Status: Active

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Build an engaged constituency of ocean users supporting marine reserve and protected areas in Oregon with a clear understanding of the social and ecological science to support the state's program and legislative evaluation in 2023.

Senate Bill 1510 was passed during the 2012 Legislative Session designating new marine reserves and protected areas at Cape Perpetua, Cascade Head, and Cape Falcon, which complimented the already designated sites at Otter Rock and Redfish Rocks to create a limited system within Oregon's Territorial Sea. Our work is now focused on implementation efforts around the sites and the system as a whole. This includes supporting the agency rule-making processes, as well as the development of site management plans which include education and outreach, research and monitoring, socioeconomic studies, and compliance and enforcement components. Our goal is to continue to build an engaged constituency of ocean users supporting implementation efforts through direct participation in community outreach & education efforts, as well as citizen science. This work includes integration of our existing programs like water quality monitoring through our Blue Water Task Force program and NOAA Shoreline Monitoring for marine debris at locations shoreside of the reserve to keep an eye on additional stressors that can affect ecosystem health. In addition, we are partnering with community based organizations, agencies, and other NGO's through the Oregon Marine Reserves Partnership to promote broad understanding of the research and monitoring efforts taking place and the results generated.