Climate change, habitat loss and pollution threaten the rocky reef and kelp forest habitat along Oregon’s coast. In addition, population growth and development are hastening the depletion of certain species, including forage and groundfish. Our Ocean, a statewide organization with over 250,000 endorsers and organized by Pew, was founded in 2007.
Our Ocean is working to ensure the continued protection of sensitive ecosystems both now and for future generations by establishing an ecologically significant system of marine protected areas and reserves along Oregon's coastline. Marine reserves and protected areas will protect some of the most iconic yet fragile habitats and breeding grounds for indigenous species such as pacific herring, yellow eye rockfish, canary rockfish, marbled murrelet, Steller sea lions and northern elephant seals that thrive in Oregon's waters.
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The Land Conservation and Development Commission today approved a Territorial Sea Plan that designates and maps the important ecologic, economic and cultural areas along Oregon's coast. This action sets a precedent for how Oregon will conserve and manage these areas to sustain the diverse benefits they provide the state. The plan, which combines recommendations from the Ocean Policy Advisory... Read More
Landmark legislation signed by Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber will protect nearly 200 square kilometers of the state's ocean -safeguarding the marine ecosystem. The new law has the support of members of Our Ocean, a coalition representing more than 250,000 Oregonians including scientists, conservationists, ocean users and local and business leaders. Read More
Combined with new sites that were implemented in January at Redfish Rocks near Port Orford and Otter Rock by Depoe Bay, the law creates an initial network of marine reserves and protected areas off the Oregon coast. The reserves will serve as “ecological savings accounts” and provide places for plants and animals to reproduce and thrive. Read More