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The Oregon International Port of Coos Bay Board of Commissioners voted on January 11, 2012, at a special meeting in North Bend to forward the Port's Marine Reserve Recommendation Committee recommendation to the Oregon Ocean Policy Advisory Council.

The essence of the motion and decision was as follows:

The Oregon International Port of Coos Bay accepted the Port’s Marine Reserve Recommendation Committee’s majority recommendation to the Ocean Policy Advisory Council that no new marine reserves and no new marine protected areas be established in the Territorial Sea from Bandon to Reedsport. The Port Commission voted unanimously to forward the recommendation and that any further discussion regarding marine reserves in this area be taken up after the state of Oregon has completed implementation, study and reporting on the ecological and socio-economic impacts of the five newly established and proposed pilot marine reserves.

Port Analysis - submitted to Port Commission Dec. 27, 2011

Dissenting Report - submitted Sept. 29, 2011 (PDF Format 12 MB)

Majority Report - submitted Aug. 11, 2011 (PDF Format 1 MB)


Written Public Comments
Letter from scientists - received Jan. 9, 2012

Letter from Oregon Anglers - received Jan. 9, 2012

Letter from Oceana - received Dec. 23, 2011

History of Process

Click here to open up a large detailed map view.The Oregon International Port of Coos Bay agreed to assist the state in organizing and facilitating the Marine Reserves Recommendation Committee. The Port's goal was to facilitate an inclusive and transparent collaborative community stakeholder process. The 34-member committee's task was to consider whether there would be an appropriate area between Reedsport and Bandon to designate as a Marine Reserve, or combination of a Marine Reserve and a Marine Protected Area, that would not cause economic harm to those coastal communities.
           During December 2010, the Recommendation Committee hosted public comment town hall meetings in Reedsport, Charleston and Bandon on the proposed options.
Following the town halls, the committee met to review public comments and finalize a recommendation for the Port Commission.

On March 16, 2011, the committee voted on four proposals. The majority of members (23) voted in favor of Proposal H "No New Marine Reserves/No New Marine Protected Areas." As a culmination of that process, the committee members authored two reports -- a report from the members voting in the majority and a dissenting report from members voting in the minority.


           Information about the Cape Arago/Seven Devils options is below, along with the public comment link.

The public comment deadline was Monday, December 20, 2010.

Click here for the public comments from December Town Hall Meetings. (PDF Format  39.4 MB)

Marine Reserve Recommendation Committee meetings

The December town hall/public comment meetings were held at several different locations and
 are available on the PEG Broadcasting website for viewing.
Please CLICK HERE to go to the PEG Broadcasting website to view the meetings.

Click here for Marine Reserve Recommendation Committee Information and Committee Member Listing.

For further information regarding this committee, please contact:
Kathy Wall, Charleston Harbormaster at (541) 888-2548

2011 Meeting Minutes

Archived Meeting Minutes




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