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Rules for marine reserves topic of three meetings

October 14, 2009


Three meetings give the public an opportunity to comment on draft rules governing two pilot marine reserves on the Oregon coast.

The meetings scheduled this month are part of agency rulemaking to “adopt rules to establish, study, monitor, evaluate, and enforce a pilot marine reserve at Otter Rock [north of Newport] and a pilot marine reserve and a marine protected area at Redfish Rocks [near Port Orford],” as directed by the 2009 Oregon Legislature (House Bill 3013).  The meetings are sponsored jointly by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Department of State Lands and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

Each of the three departments have responsibility for different aspects of managing the reserves. Among other things, ODFW rules will regulate hunting and fishing activities, DSL manages the underlying seafloor and authorizes uses such as telecommunications cables and pipelines, while Parks is responsible for managing public recreation and natural resources from low tide landward, normally up to the vegetation line

The meetings will be:

  • 1 – 3 p.m. Oct. 20, - State Lands Building, 775 Summer Street N.E., Salem,
  • 7 – 9 p.m. Oct. 21, - Port Orford Public Library, 1421 Oregon Street, Port Orford,
  • 7 – 9 p.m. Oct. 22- The Inn at Otter Crest, 301 Otter Crest Drive, Otter Rock.

More information, including a link to the agencies’ draft rules and instructions on where to send public comment, are available online:




Cristen Don or Brandon Ford, (541) 867-4741
Fax: (541) 867-0311



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