Marine Reserves News: Sea Anenomes: Deadly Beauties

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Sea Anemones: Deadly Beauties

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Aggregating anemone (Photo by Stephen Grace). 

Sea anemones dot the tidepools and rocky reefs in and around Oregon's marine reserves, and look more analogous to flowering plants than the predatory animals that they actually are. SCUBA surveys shed light on 8 species that have subtidal populations in the reserves, with the most common being the giant plumose anemone. We also collect anemone data via Remotely Operated Vehicle surveys and lander surveys. 

We invited guest author, filmmaker and photographer, Stephen Grace, to share his fascinating perspective on sea anemones in Oregon. Click to here read, "Sea Anemones: Deadly Beauties," and view his amazing photography.  

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Interdisciplinary Team Selected for Tipping Points Workshop

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Pictured from L to R: Dr. Kreg Lindberg (OSU Cascades), Dr. Lindsay Aylesworth (ODFW), Dr. Scott Heppell (OSU), Jessica Watson (ODFW), Dr. Joseph Needoba (OHSU), Dr. Melissa Monk (NOAA/NMFS)

Earlier this month, an interdisciplinary team (consisting of two member of ODFW's Marine Reserves Program) were selected to attend a workshop evaluating oceanographic thresholds. The goal was to explore what happens if an oceanographic threshold (such as hypoxia or ocean acidification) were reached - what does that mean ecologically? And, how would that influence fisheries and communities? The team was one of 6 chosen from an international applicant pool of 80 teams. It consisted of an oceanographer, a stock assessor from NOAA/NMFS, a social scientist, an ecologist, a policy and management representative, and an early career scientist. 

Just Released - Cascade Head Management Plan

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Click the image above to access the full Cascade Head Management Plan

The Cascade Head Marine Reserve Site Management Plan outlines the state’s marine reserve mandates and describes the management strategies that have been developed for the site. The plan can be used in the following ways: 

• To understand the state’s mandates guiding the implementation of Oregon’s marine reserve sites and the ODFW Marine Reserves Program. 

• To see the state’s and the communities’ priorities for the management of the Cascade Head site. 

• To see the management strategies that ODFW and our state agency management partners are committed to carrying out for the Cascade Head site. These management strategies have been developed to support scientific monitoring, provide information to the public, engage communities, and to support compliance and enforcement. 

• To understand the local communities’ interests for activities above and beyond what is being carried out by ODFW or our state agency management partners. By highlighting the communities’ interests we hope to attract additional research and resources, and to foster community led projects.

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STAC and OPAC Updates


Members of the Science and Technical Advisory Committee and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Marine Reserves Program at the October meeting.

The Science and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) met in Newport on October 26th to continue discussions and preparations for the 2023 Marine Reserves Program evaluation (pictured above). Additionally, on November 1st in Astoria, ODFW staff presented Marine Reserves Program updates to the Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC), highlighting the Program’s activities and accomplishments from 2017.

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