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.
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
Tom Calvanese’s sense of place for Redfish Rocks started during his time as a commercial urchin diver. Despite the area now being off limits to urchin harvest and fishing, he never left the waters that became the reserve. Join us as we talk with this urchin diver – turned fisheries scientist – turned research field station manager and explore his knowledge, how he came to know these waters, and his continued connections with this place. 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
Another successful year of hook and line surveys is completed, which means another edition of our annual FishOn! Hook and Line Newsletter. This past year we caught and sampled 1,250 fish representing 18 different species at Redfish and Cape Falcon. Check out the FishOn! Newsletter to see more highlights and data from our surveys in 2019. Read More
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.
Urchins devouring kelp off the southern Oregon coast was the top News post on our website this year. Take a look at a few of the other top stories from 2019. Read More
We’re taking a look back at 2019. Check out these video highlights from hook-and-line surveys, underwater video research, SCUBA divers in action, and juvenile fish research and more at Oregon’s marine reserve sites. Read More
Beneath the waves, once towering kelp beds are collapsing from an unprecedented perfect storm that has been brewing below the surface. First, a massive epidemic wiped out sea stars, then a marine heatwave and El Niño, and now an explosion of sea urchins. Read More