Our Progress From July 1, 2015 Through June 30, 2016
The Oregon Marine Reserve Partnership continued to forge relationships with new partners, expanded our outreach footprint through signs, interpretive displays, and social media.
OMRP Marine Reserve Summit (a Tide Change: Inspiring Engagement in Oregon's Marine Reserves) (February 2016) - The Oregon Marine Reserves Partnership and The Nature Conservancy co-hosted a marine reserves summit February 24-25, 2016 in Cannon Beach, Oregon to convene key Oregon stakeholders to embrace scientific understanding and public engagement of Oregon’s marine reserves and define opportunities for underrepresented stakeholders to participate in all aspects of marine reserve implementation. The objectives of the meeting were to:
Participate in marine reserve community teams
The Oregon Marine Reserves Partnership seeks to raise awareness, support, and appreciation of Oregon's system of marine reserves and protected areas through engaging, informative, and effective outreach and education initiatives. Here's what we accomplished from mid-2015 through mid-2016:
An "Our Ocean" exhibit at OMSI featured marine reserve content.
The Science of Marine Reserves backlit display at the Oregon Zoo.
Citizen science connects people with marine reserves, instills an appreciation of the roles of science and monitoring to ocean health and our understanding of the functioning of ocean life in marine reserves, and helps advance scientific research conducted by volunteers.
Examples of citizen science conducted in 2015-2016 include:
Managing the day-to-day operations of the Oregon Marine Reserves Partnership is critical to long-term success and sustainability. Although not glamorous, these tasks are priorities for the partnership as they are foundational to funding, accountability, and strategic direction. In 2015-2016, we accomplished the following: