Redfish Rocks On the Docks 2016


A wonderful day to be down on the docks!

Our Redfish Rocks on the Docks event held on May 21st, 2016 was a wonderful success.  Thank you to everyone who came out to enjoy the day.






By the numbers, hear is the recap…

  • Warm Current and their volunteers provided 27 kids with a half-day surf camp!
  • Fawn Custer, with the CoastWatch program, provided one “early bird” Guided Hike.
  • To learn more about the industry, Over 40 people explored the local commercial fishing vessels  “Golden Eye” and “Top Gun” with their captains Aaron Longton and Jeff Miles.
  • South Coast Tours and the Oregon Marine Reserve Partnership provided 18 people with guided kayak tours of the Port Orford Heads.
  • 150 people joined the Redfish Rocks Community Team, Oregon State University, The Surfrider Foundation, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and CoastWatch at the dock for hands on learning through experiential tabling activities.
  • 125 hotdogs and hamburgers were eaten.
  • Number of smiles…to many to count 🙂

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 2017!

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Agenda, Partners, and Promotional Materials for 2016

May 21st, 10am to 2pm @ the historic Port of Port Orford

Redfish Rocks on the Docks is back in 2016!  This is an interactive community event for everyone on the south coast.  Bring your family and friends because there is something for everyone!

Flyer 2016This year’s event is proudly sponsored and brought to you by the Surfrider Foundation

Flyer – RROTD 2016

Agenda of Events – RROTD 2016

 Schedule of Events

6:30 am meet @ Battle Rock Park The day starts out with a guided hike “early bird special” Join CoastWatch’s naturalist and marine ecology extraordinaire  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
8:00 am Kayak Tours FlyerFree guided kayak tours, offered by South Coast Tours and Oregon Marine Reserve Partnership! Ages 8 and up.  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!Spaces reserved on a first come first served basis. Sign up by calling 541 373-0487 or email
10:00 am meet @ Battle Rock Park Surf Camp FlyerJoin “A Warm Current” for a free kids camp surf lesson (ages 8-16)! By reservation only. Signup at or call Ryan Cruse at 503-729-7471. 
10:00 am


2:00 pm

The Main Event:

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Join us down on the docks for free food, drinks and to …

  • Tour commercial fishing vessels

Jeff Miles, Captain of the the F/V Top Gun, and Aaron Longton, Captain of the F/V Golden Eye, are welcoming guests aboard there boat. Guests will be able to speak with the captains, and learn about the fishing gear they use, what they catch, and how they do it!

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

  • Discover the research being done and scientific equipment used in the area and at Redfish Rocks Marine Reserve.

Join Oregon State University to learn more about the OSU, Port Orford Field Station, how you can get involved with the field sation, and services that OSU hopes to bring to the south coast community!

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) 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. Oh, and feel free to make a button!

  • Investigate the journeys of fish, whales, and marine debris, and more.
  • Learn about opportunities to engage in citizen science and volunteer with a variety of organizations and agencies.

Oregon State University (OSU) grad student Florence Sullivan, with The Geospatial Ecology of Marine Megafauna (GEMM) lab, 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

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.

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.

11:00 am Kayak Tours – this is the second round!  If the 8am tours fill, we will open another tour for 11am!
1:00pm Same as our kayak tours, this is the second round!  If the 10:00am surf lessons fill, we will work open another lesson for 1:00pm!

We hope you can join us on May 21, 2016!  See you down on the docks!

Questions?   541-332-0627