Involving Oregonians in the stewardship of Oregon's marine reserves and protected areas

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Oregon's coastline is a special place for all Oregonians.

But Oregon's coastal ecosystem is threatened by  natural and human stressors - development, erosion, sea level rise, ocean acidification, invasive species, water quality and other factors are degrading coastal ecosystems and threatening the services and functions these places provide.


The health of our ocean affects our quality of life and our state, regional, and national prosperity. Oregon created five marine reserves and nine protected areas in 2012 to conduct scientific research and monitoring of these living laboratories to better understand their contribution to the health of Oregon's ocean.

Become an ocean steward of Oregon's marine reserves:
"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever."

- Jacques Yves Cousteau

oregonmarinereservesCape Falcon Marine Reserve Video

oregonmarinereservesCape Perpetua Marine Reserve Video

CASCADE HEAD VIDEOCascade Head Marine Reserve Video

Redfish Rocks Marine Reserve Video

Otter Rock Marine Reserve Video


The Oregon Marine Reserves Partnership is a fiscally sponsored project of The Ocean Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization.