NEWPORT, Ore. -- The proposed marine reserve at Cape Falcon will be under discussion at a meeting of the Cape Falcon Marine Reserve Community Team in Garibaldi on Tuesday, July 20.
The meeting will begin at 5 p.m. at the Garibaldi City Hall, 107 6th Ave. and the public is invited to attend. According to Cristen Don, marine reserves program leader for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, the community team meeting is an opportunity to learn more about the proposed reserve and to make their own views heard.
“Feedback from people in the coastal communities is a vital part of the marine reserve development process,” she said.
Tuesday’s meeting agenda includes a description of the biological, social and economic issues surrounding the Cape Falcon site, a presentation on the scientific objectives of marine reserves, and a time for team members to discuss areas of importance within the proposed marine reserve boundaries. There will be an opportunity for public comment as well.
The 2009 Oregon State Legislature authorized the establishment of two marine reserves off the Oregon Coast at Otter Rock near Depoe Bay and Redfish Rocks south of Port Orford. The legislation also directed ODFW to form community teams to further evaluate proposed sites for designation as marine reserves – Cape Falcon near Manzanita, Cascade Head near Lincoln City, and Cape Perpetua at Yachats
For each of the proposed marine reserve sites, a Community Team has been formed to help ODFW identify the social, economic and ecological values of the site, and to recommend whether the proposed boundaries need to be modified to balance ecological and socioeconomic concerns. Community teams may also recommend the level of protection – marine reserve or marine protected area.
For more information about Oregon’s marine reserve program, and a list of the Cape Falcon Community Team members, go to www.oregonocean.info/marinereserves.