In 2012, Oregon completed designation of five marine reserve sites within its state waters (0-3 nautical miles offshore). Each site consists of a no take marine reserve and most also include one or more, less restrictive marine protected area(s). The marine reserves prohibit all take of fish, invertebrates, wildlife and seaweeds as well as ocean development, except as necessary for monitoring or research. The protected areas have varying levels of protection; allowing or prohibiting specific take and prohibiting all ocean development.
ODFW is responsible for overseeing the management and monitoring of Oregon’s marine reserve sites. Rules have been adopted by state agencies for all five marine reserve sites. However, restrictions are being phased-in to allow for the collection of two years of baseline data at each site prior to the prohibition of harvest activities.
Harvest restrictions go into effect (click link for rule summary and coordinates):
For more information, please visit the Oregon marine reserves website at www.oregonmarinereserves.com.