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New fishing rules begin Jan. 1 for Cape Falcon Marine Reserve

December 30, 2015

NEWPORT, Ore. – The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is reminding sport and commercial anglers that harvest restrictions will begin Jan. 1, 2016 at the Cape Falcon Marine Reserve site.

Marine reserves are areas in Oregon’s coastal waters dedicated to conservation and scientific research. The Cape Falcon Marine Reserve is Oregon’s northern most site, located just offshore of the popular Oswald West State Park. The site includes a 12.4 square mile marine reserve, where all removal of marine life and ocean development is prohibited. The site also includes two Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) that prohibit ocean development, but allow some limited fishing activities.

The Department manages and scientifically monitors five marine reserve sites off the Oregon coast, all within three nautical miles from shore. The Cape Falcon, Cascade Head, Otter Rock, Cape Perpetua, and Redfish Rocks sites are each named after local natural landmarks. These sites have been established to conserve marine habitats and biodiversity. They also serve as living laboratories to learn about ocean protections and about Oregon’s ocean environment, helping inform Oregonians on how to best maintain the state’s ocean waters for future generations.

Harvest rules, maps and boundary coordinates for the marine reserve sites can be found on the state’s Oregon Marine Reserves website at www.oregonocean.info/marinereserves/rules. Information is also available in the 2016 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations and 2016 Commercial Fisheries Synopsis.

For questions or more information, please call ODFW’s Newport Office at (541) 867-4741.

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Contact:

Cristen Don (541) 867-7701 ext. 228

 
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