Lunch with Leaders
Oregon's Coastal Marine Reserves
A panel of speakers from Our Ocean
Noon - Friday, May 4, 2012
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Please join us on Friday, May 4 for a panel presentation and discussion about Oregon’s newly minted Marine Reserves program. We are pleased to welcome four speakers who have been deeply involved in the process of establishing Oregon’s marine reserves.
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Dr. Mark Hixon
The State of Oregon has been engaged in a process to consider
marine reserves along its coast since 2000, and the State established two pilot marine reserve sites in 2009, a marine reserve at Otter Rock, north of Newport, and a marine reserve and associated marine protected area at Redfish Rocks, near Port Orford.
With a recommendation from the state’s Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) and three community advisory teams, the process has entered the next phase. Three additional marine reserve sites were just approved by the Oregon State Legislature, to be designated at Cape Falcon, Cascade Head and Cape Perpetua. Thus Oregon now joins with California and Washington, in protecting fragile state waters of the Greater
California Current that spans from Alaska to Mexico.
There are many Marine Protected areas and Marine Reserves worldwide, and many have been in place for decades. They were formed in response to ocean habitat destruction, increased demand for seafood, climate change, and increasing demand
for aquaculture and non-seafood resources. They function as nurseries for sea life, allowing fish stock to reach maturity with associated maximal fertility and offspring; by and large this is what happens.
The panel will explain the science behind marine reserves and the effects of reserves on ocean conservation. They will also discuss Oregon’s unique bottom- up approach to reach community consensus, which in turn led to the political
accommodation needed to finalize this project. It is notable that all speakers took part in this process.
Please join us on May 4, 2012, at Willamette Heritage Center at the Mill in the Dye House as we host these knowledgeable and dedicated professionals. For lunch reservations email email@example.com before noon Wednesday,
May 2, 2012. Parking is free. Doors open at 11:30 AM. For more information on this program please go to www.salemcityclub.com.