The State of Oregon has designated Redfish Rocks as a fully protected marine reserve, closed to fishing on January 1st of 2012.  This photo shows the six emerging rocky pinnacles that extend below the surface, providing the high relief rocky habitat that attracts many rockfish species. The area was a target for commercial fishing, crabbing, and urchin harvest before its closure, especially when high winds and stormy seas made trips north to Orford Reef difficult and risky. This history of fishing pressure made Redfish Rocks a good candidate for a marine reserve, since we can study the effect of the closure on fish populations there. Of course, this will depend on how much time fish spend within the protected area. This was the motivation for the Fishtracker Project. Learn more about Redfish Rocks Marine Reserve and Marine Protected Area, and the work ODFW and others are doing there at http://oregonmarinereserves.com/.

Redfish Rocks Marine Reserve