Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What activities are NOT allowed in the marine reserve?
A: In the reserve all extractive activities are prohibited; including fishing, crabbing, and other removal of living marine resources. ‘Disturbing’ activities such as ocean dumping, habitat degradation and mining are also prohibited.
Q: What activities are NOT allowed in the marine protected area?
A: Salmon trolling and crabbing are allowed; all other extractive activities are prohibited.
Q : Can I beachcomb adjacent to the reserve?
A: Absolutely! You can walk, beachcomb, and harvest clams . The boarder of the Redfish Rocks Marine Reserve begins at the lowest low tide point of the year. Community based efforts ensured that these activities would continue to be allowed.
Q: Is transiting through the reserve allowed?
A: Yes, as long as fishing gear is not deployed.
Q: Can I dive, surf or kayak in the reserve?
A Yes! Non-extractive activities such as diving, surfing, kayaking, and windsurfing are allowed.
Q: What are the anticipated benefits of having marine protection?
Answer: Potential benefits include:
- Enhanced scientific under- standing through research and monitoring
- Greater abundance of marine organisms
- Protecting old growth age structure of rockfish
- Larger average size of marine organisms
- More variety of animals (biodiversity)
- Enhanced larval production for local fisheries
- Spillover of fish and other organismsEnhanced stability for local fisheries Economic
- development through science and tourism
- Increased educational opportunities for students, residents and visitor
For more information about Redfish Rocks and other Oregon marine reserves go to: