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Marine reserve recommendations navigate toward state legislature

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 5th, 2011

Oregon’s legislature could soon immerse itself in discussions about three additional marine reserve site recommendations that received consensus support from the state’s Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) in December.

“After extensive discussion and public input, OPAC gave consensus support for the three ODFW marine reserve site recommendations, and the additional ODFW recommendations,” OPAC Chair Scott McMullen noted in a Dec. 15 letter to ODFW Fish Division Administrator Ed Bowles. That consensus, he added, supported the site and additional ODFW recommendations as a “package,” with the council’s support hinging directly on including all additional recommendations.

As directed by the 2009 state legislature, ODFW officials pursued the evaluation of the three sites by assembling the community teams to consider the biological, social, and economic characteristics of their respective sites. Bowles said those teams started with “a specific proposal with specific boundaries” and worked toward forging a recommendation to provide a reserve large enough to evaluate ecological benefits, yet small enough to avoid significant socioeconomic impacts. The three new sites proposed at Cape Perpetua, Cascade Head, and Cape Falcon have already received intense scrutiny, not only at the two-day OPAC session in December, but for almost a year prior to it as three community teams haggled, fussed, and fine-tuned their recommendations for ODFW.

All three favored a marine reserve in their respective areas, but none were unanimous, and the proposals at Cascade Head and especially Cape Falcon were contentious.

For the complete article see the 01-05-2011 issue.

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