Background Information

Between 2012 and 2016, the state of Oregon established five marine reserve sites off our coast. These are areas in the ocean dedicated to conservation and scientific research. Fishing and ocean development are restricted in the reserves. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) Marine Reserves Program is responsible for managing and scientifically monitoring all five sites.
The newest marine reserve was established at Cape Falcon in 2016. This reserve is located on the north coast just offshore of Oswald West State Park. ODFW is currently developing a site management plan for the Cape Falcon Marine Reserve. As part of this process, ODFW is seeking ideas from north coast residents and other Oregonians. We want to hear from you on the best ways ODFW can be sharing information and engaging communities as part of the ongoing management of the site. We have created an online survey as one way for folks to share their ideas and input with ODFW.

For more information about Oregon’s marine reserves, the Cape Falcon Marine Reserve, or the work being done by the ODFW Marine Reserves Program please visit our website at