In 2009, the Oregon State Legislature passed House Bill 3013 that establishes a process for evaluation and implementation of marine reserves within Oregon's Territorial Sea. ODFW is currently engaged in implementation of this marine reserves process. To date, two pilot marine reserves sites have been established through agency administrative rules, three areas are being evaluated by local community teams as potential marine reserve sites, and one local community team is engaged in a process to potentially develop a site proposal to be considered for further evaluation.
Marine reserves are areas within Oregon's Territorial Sea or adjacent rocky intertidal area that are protected from all extractive and development activities, except as necessary for monitoring or research-to aid in the research and management of ocean habitats and marine plants and animals.
Otter Rock Marine Reserve - Rules effective January 1, 2012