When a marine protected area or reserve is designated, there are many facets in a long process from community and stakeholder input to agency rule-making and management plan development that help shape the research, enforcement, education and overall protection of these areas. The ongoing role of citizens and stakeholders is integral for these areas to truly maintain and manage protective measures and this story really highlights such an example.
In 1980, Congress designated Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area in order to preserve its important ecological, cultural, and recreational uses. Managed by the Bureau of Land Management, several other agencies also cooperate in the protection of this area from Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife management of plants and animals in the intertidal to the US Fish and Wildlife’s management of the adjacent Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge. But when nearly 7 tons of crab gear washed ashore in this special protected area, it was the citizens who got to action to protect this area. Give it 5 minutes, here’s their story:
With Oregon newly designated marine reserves and protected areas now entering a process to develop management plans for monitoring/research, enforcement and education, now’s a great time to get more involved in helping shape these areas for lasting protection.