Comments Sought On 3 Central OR Coast Reserve Areas

UPDATED SEPT. 14, 2010, 3:50 P.M.: ODFW HAS EXTENDED PUBLIC COMMENT UNTIL SEPT. 26, THE AGENCY ANNOUNCED TODAY.

ODFW is urging anglers and others to check out the various proposals for marine reserves and marine protected areas at three sites off the Central Coast, and then send their comments to local community leaders.

Online maps show different ideas for what levels of restrictions could be placed on the waters around Cascade Head north of Lincoln City, Cape Falcon between Wheeler and Cannon Beach and Cape Perpetua, from Yachats south to Heceta Head.

Recreational fishing and crabbing would be allowed in parts of the areas, but not in others; open areas vary by scenario — three for Falcon and Cascade, four for Perpetua.

THE AREA UNDER CONSIDERATION FOR MARINE RESERVES AND MARINE PROTECTED AREAS OFF CAPE PERPETUA. (ODFW)

THE AREA UNDER CONSIDERATION FOR MARINE RESERVES AND MARINE PROTECTED AREAS OFF CASCADE HEAD. (ODFW)

THE AREA UNDER CONSIDERATION FOR MARINE RESERVES AND MARINE PROTECTED AREAS OFF CAPE FALCON. (ODFW)

UPDATED SEPT14, 2010: Reserves for the waters around Otter Rock north of Newport and Redfish Rocks south of Port Orford have been in place since earlier this year; harvest restrictions begin June 30, 2011. Another could be added south of Coos Bay.

According to Cristen Don, marine reserves staff for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, the scenarios described on the website are not necessarily the final recommendations the teams will present to ODFW this fall.

“Scientists and managers will analyze these scenarios and report to the community teams how well each one meets the twin goals of maximum ecological benefits and minimal social and economic impacts,” Don said. “This information, along with input from the public, will help each team develop their final site recommendation.”

The teams will be most interested in hearing how the areas are currently being used and enjoyed, how fishing, crabbing and other extractive uses may be affected by a marine reserve designation, and what species and habitats are present at each site.

There’s a downloadable “recreational fishermen questionaire” that anglers can fill out.

ODFW has been evaluating the three potential marine reserve sites at the direction of the 2009 Oregon State Legislature. Local community teams were formed for each site to consider biological, social and economic characteristics, and to submit a marine reserve recommendation to ODFW this fall.

You can send comments to the community teams at www.oregonocean.info/marinereserves or to, 2040 SE Marine Science Drive Newport, OR 97365, Attn: Cristen Don.  Comments will be accepted through Sept. 15.

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One Response to “Comments Sought On 3 Central OR Coast Reserve Areas”

  1. Cristen Don Says:

    A correction to note: The Redfish Rocks Pilot Marine Reserve, south of Port Orford, and the Otter Rock Pilot Marine Reserve, south of Depoe Bay, have been designated. Prohibitions at the two sites will take affect June 30, 2011.

    State agencies conducted public rule making establishing the two pilot sites in Dec 2009-Jan 2010.

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