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Underwater photo of fish and reef.

Ecological Monitoring Plan for Reserves Released

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) has released the latest version of the department’s Marine Reserves Ecological Monitoring Plan . This document provides information for the general public, and for ODFW’s marine reserves “partners” (including Oregon Shores and the Oregon Marine Reserves Partnership), about the ecological monitoring efforts occurring in Oregon's five marine...Read more
Photo of Cape Falcon marine reserve.

Key Marine Reserves Position Open at ODFW

Do you know someone who would be effective in helping to educate the public about marine reserves, or in organizing research on Oregon’s current reserves? Are you such a person yourself? The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) is hiring for a position that has an important bearing on the success of our marine reserves. The deadline for applications is Oct. 13. The Marine Reserves...Read more
Sea turtle caught in drift gillnet. Photo courtesy of Turtle Island Restoration Network.

Drift Gillnet Opponents Gain a Portion of Our Demands

Joining fishing groups, businesses, and fellow conservation groups, Oregon Shores signed a letter to the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) asking the regulatory agency to crack down on drift gillnets that destroy a great deal of marine life. In particular, these nets threaten endangered sea turtles such as the leatherback and loggerhead, along with whales and other marine mammals. The...Read more
Photo of water quality warning sign.

Beach Monitoring Program Announces Impending Changes

The Oregon Beach Monitoring Program (OMRP) is beginning a formal process to adopt a new “beach action value” (BAV) that would be used beginning in the 2017 monitoring season. The BAV is used to determine when public health advisories should be issued for beaches. Up till now, the threshold for advisories has been 158 MPN. (This stands for “most probable number,” and for beach water quality...Read more
Photo of coastline at Cape Perpetua.

Video of Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve Released

The Oregon Marine Reserves Partnership (OMRP) has released the second in its series of videos on Oregon’s new marine reserves. Featuring Paul Engelmeyer of the Audubon Society, the video features panoramic shots of Cape Perpetua and information about the unique habitats and creatures found there, from Sea Lion Caves (the largest sea cave in the Americas) to the marbeled murrelet, which feeds in...Read more
Photo of purple tide.

Shore Watchers Tracking Purple Tides

Numerous reports have been coming in concerning “purple water” or “a gelatinous purple mass” in the water. There have been sightings at Roads End, Neskowin and elsewhere (for example, see the latest mile report on Mile 253). We’re trying to help track this and discover what it is. CoastWatchers spotting anything purplish on the water or beach are asked to file a Dispatch or mile report if at all...Read more
Volunteers setting up marine debris survey site.

Join CoastWatch for Upcoming Citizen Science Activities

Volunteers are always needed for CoastWatch’s suite of citizen science surveys. Several opportunities are coming up to join one of these regular expeditions. You are welcome to come along just to help out on the occasion and learn about citizen science. You are also invited to join the team, or to get involved later at another location. For those in the Coos County area, the team handling our...Read more