Our Ocean

Climate change, habitat loss and pollution threaten Oregon's rocky reef and kelp forest habitat along its coast.  In addition, population growth and development are hastening the depletion of some species such as rockfish. Our Ocean is working to ensure the continued protection of sensitive ecosystems now and in the future by establishing a network of marine protected areas and reserves along Oregon's coastline.  These areas will protect fragile habitats and breeding grounds for indigenous species such as lingcod, giant octopus and harbor porpoise that thrive in Oregon's waters.

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