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Three community groups have voted to recommend the creation of new marine reserves off the Oregon coast.
Oregon’s progress toward establishing marine reserves could take a big step forward, when advisory groups meet in Newport later this week. One group that’s been doing local outreach is expected to present the results of meetings held up and down the Oregon Coast. At the same time, nine lawmakers are urging the governor to reassure and listen to coastal communities.
A bill that creates three new marine reserves off the Oregon coast is on its way to the governor's desk. The Oregon House of Representatives voted 57-2 to pass the bill and ban fishing in a total of about 3 percent of the state's ocean.
The Oregon Senate voted Tuesday to create three new marine reserves off the coast. The vote takes Oregon one step closer to a network of five marine reserves in state waters.
Twenty-six federal agencies released an interim report Thursday on how the nation needs to clean-up and maintain its oceans and great lakes.
The Mellon Foundation has awarded Ecotrust $50,000 in recognition of its mapping software designed to chart the best coastal fishing grounds.
Oregon's Marine Reserves are now a few years old. Fishing is banned in them. Scientists are using SMURFS, drifters, satellites and controlled fishing to determine if they have an impact. The ambitious plans to save entire ecosystems in the ocean may take many years to have an effect.
Earlier this year OSU's marine ecologist, Jane Lubchenco, was confirmed as the undersecretary of the U.S. Commerce Department for oceans and atmosphere (and, in turn, as the head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). We've been lining up to speak with her for a while and now our time has come. She's coming back to Oregon for a visit this week and on Friday she'll spend some time with us. While in Oregon Dr. Lubchenco will discuss stimulus money that's coming to the state in the form of habitat restoration projects. She'll meet with fishermen in Newport to talk about fisheries management — and marine reserves, I am sure. And there's little doubt that she'll also be asked some questions about salmon recovery on the Columbia and her plan for a National Climate Service. After Dr. Lubchenco leaves us (at 9:35) we'll be joined by renowned climate change researcher, Richard Alley.
Three weeks after the massive oil spill started in the Gulf, BP CEO Tony Hayward said the amount of oil and chemicals in the sea were tiny compared to the enormous ocean. But for many people, this disaster has highlighted how many different interconnected species are affected by the spill, and the limitations of finite ocean resources. Of course, the world's oceans have faced growing demands even before this spill. In the Northwest, people use the ocean for fish, for access to energy sources, for scientific research and for recreation. How do these different interests compete? How do they collaborate?