Redfish Rocks – The Community Team, Marine Reserve and MPA

Come down to the Port Orford dock on Saturday, May 20, from 11 AM – 3 PM to learn more about our unique dock, the Redfish Rocks Marine Reserve and Marine Protected Area, and the science happening there. Join the Redfish Rocks Community Team, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Marine Reserve Program, The Surfrider Foundation, Coast Watch, the Cury County 4H STEM Club, Port Orford Sustainable Seafood, Oregon Sea Farms, and the OSU Port Orford Field Station to learn about the “living laboratory” at Redfish Rocks, and the science happening there, and how you can get involved. Captain Jeff Miles will give free tours of his fishing vessel the Top Gun, and talk about commercial fishing and collaborative research. At 1:30 PM, Fawn Custer will lead a CoastWatch Clinic, followed by a guided tour of the drift line along the nearby beach. Enjoy free food and drinks, and the live music from local band STEWGRASS! See you there!

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In 2009, the State of Oregon designated the Redfish Rocks Marine Reserve and Protected Area as one of two pilot sites of its new marine reserves program. The proposal was developed through a community-based process in Port Orford, Oregon that engaged fishermen and other stakeholders and scientists in determining the location, boundaries, and draft rules. As part of House Bill 3013, the Oregon Legislature mandated that the management plan for Redfish Rocks be developed in collaboration with a local community team.

The Redfish Rocks Community Team was formally established by charter in February, 2010 and shortly thereafter received formal recognition from the state. The Team includes a diverse set of members representing the City of Port Orford, commercial fishing, recreational fishing, port, local business, recreation, conservation, watershed council, and science. Since 2009, the Team has been working with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) to develop specific elements of Redfish Rocks Site Management Plan which includes site-specific monitoring plans; education and outreach goals; and compliance and enforcement objectives.

Our team’s mission is “To support the success of the Redfish Rocks Marine Reserve, Marine Protected Area, and the community through research, community engagement, economic development, and effective partnerships.”

Arial photo of Redfish Rocks Marine Reserve by Ben Nieves/LightHawk

Redfish Rocks Community Team ~ 520 Jefferson Street ~ Port Orford, OR 97465