Redfish Rocks On the Docks – 2015


Thanks to all!

Our Redfish Rocks on the Docks event held on April 19th, 2015 was a great success!  Over 125 people attended the event.  Everyone enjoyed a day with guided beach hikes, kayak tours, commercial fishing boat tours, and were engaged with great informational activities relating to Redfish Rocks Marine Reserve, marine-based research happening in the area,  and local seafood processing and sales initiatives.  It was a great day to be down on the dock at the Port of Port Orford!  Thank you to all of our partners, volunteers and attendees who came out!  We are looking forward to doing it all again next year!

*Check out and enjoy a this photo album of the event*

 What was this event all about?  Here is what we did (Original Press Release):

Flyer 2015

Come and Join us on April 19th for “Redfish Rocks on the Docks”!

This year’s event is from 11am to 6pm at the historic Port of Port Port Orford*:

300 Dock Rd., Port ORford, OR 97465

*In the case of extreme and very poor weather, the event will be moved to the OSU Field Station, 444 Jackson Street, Port Orford, OR 97465 (behind the Crazy Norwegians Restaurant)

This is an interactive community event for everyone on the south coast! Bring your family and friends because there is something for everyone!  Take a part of your day to explore, investigate, and discover more about Redfish Rocks Marine Reserve, ocean-based research, Tsunami Marine Debris, radiation from Fukushima, local seafood, and learn about how you can get involved with caring for the natural resources we all depend on through stewardship and citizen science programs.

Event Schedule: (Scroll down for more information on specific activities)

  • 6:30am – Guided beach walk
  • 8:00 and 11:00am – Kayak Tours (Tours are full and no longer accepting reservations)
  • 12:00 – 2:00pm – Fishing Vessel Tour
  • 11:00am – 6:00pm – Tabling on research, science, local involvement opportunities, BBQ (fish, hotdogs, sliders), fun activities, and good times!

*NEW ACTIVITY UPDATE* Commercial Fishing Vessel Tour – We have a new exciting addition to our Redfish Rocks On the Docks event! From 12pm to 2pm there will be Commercial Fishing Vessel Tours! The Port Orford Community has long been sustained by our commercial fishing industry. How do the fishermen do it? How does the boat work? What equipment do they use to catch what kinds of fish? Find out the answers to these questions and more with Captain Jeff Miles aboard the F/V Top Gun! (note: This will be a tour of the boat while it is on the dock, it will not being going out to sea)

CoastWatch (a program of Oregon Shores) will be investigating Japanese Tsunami Marine Debris and the exotic critters that hitched a ride to our beaches on this flotsam, and the effects of Fukushima Radiation. As well as showcasing some of our native beach critters to exemplify how they can contribute to our unique beach environment.

*Just for you Early Birds* – Join Fawn Custer, CoastWatch Volunteer Coordinator for a guided walk on the beach below the Port Orford Visitor Center at 6:30am.  Fawn will answer questions about, and identify all those odd things seen in the wrack line. You know… that line of stuff left after high tide.   We’ll explore the rocky area, identifying the organisms living there and discuss the changes that may occur now, with the impact of sea star wasting.  She’ll explain why we are still vigilantly surveying for tsunami marine debris.Sign up now!  Contact Fawn Custer or by calling 541.270.0027

Oregon State University (OSU) grad student Florence Van Tulder, with The Geospatial Ecology of Marine Megafauna (GEMM), will be exploring world of whales through  the interactive ‘blubber glove’ activity, with whale baleen, krill, and mysids. Spend time with her and learn more about gray whale life history and whale surveys taking place this summer!  Information will also be available concerning other GEMM lab projects, the OSU Field Station in Port Orford, Sea Grant, the Marine Mammal Institute, and others.

Port Orford Sustainable Seafood (POSS) will be cooking local fish and there to talk about their Community Supported Fishery program, and Port Orford Seafood.

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) and OSU will be working with attendees to discover the scientific equipment used in the area and at Redfish Rocks Marine Reserve by the researchers.  Spend time with them to learn what research is happening just off our coast, how there are doing it, and why it matters.

The Surfrider Foundation will bring awareness to a variety of programs and get attendees engaged with our public beaches, water quality programs in Oregon, and provide information on how plastic is impacting our ocean.


*UPDATE* – All kayak tours are FULL!  We hope everyone has a safe and fun trip!

South Coast Tours and the Oregon Marine Reserve Partnership are offering free guided kayak tours to people of Ages 8 and up! Tours start at 8am and will last about 2 hours.
  • Spaces are reserved on a first come first served basis.
  • Ages 8 – 11 must be accompanied in a tandem kayak with an adult
  • Ages 12+ may paddle there own single kayak
  •  Wetsuits and booties will be provided, but participants are highly encouraged to bring something comfortable to wear under the wetsuit. The suits do not have sleeves, participants should bring a fleece top or windbreaker to keep your upper body warm, no cotton.  A beanie may be also prove nice for additional warmth.  Prepare for sun with sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses.
  • Be ready to have fun!
Sign up now, contact Lisa DeBruyckere at or by calling

Kayak tours will meet at Dog beach next to the commercial fishing dock in Port Orford.  Just, look for the yellow kayaks.

We hope to see you down at the dock!

For additional information, please contact us at or call 541.332.0627