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Last Chance to Choose Marine Reserve Sites

September 2, 2008

Depoe Bay, OR – By the end of this month, the State of Oregon will have its nominees for marine reserves. They're the ocean counterparts to wilderness areas, from the shoreline up to three nautical miles out. Governor Kulongoski has said the nominees need to be large enough to make a difference in preserving fish and habitat - yet small enough that setting them aside will not have major economic effects.

Robin Hartmann, a member of the state's Ocean Policy Advisory Council, says advocacy groups are working hard to get input from all sides on the sites they've chosen.

"As a site gets nominated, it's going to gain more points, if you will, if it's more collaborative. And so there's an incentive to reach out, and try to get more people to sign onto - or at least discuss - these nominations."

Hartmann says individuals can also make nominations. She predicts there may be 15 or more sites nominated, although no more than ten will be chosen, and the finalists must be approved by the Oregon Legislature. The deadline for nominating an Oregon marine reserve site is September 30th.

Last week, President Bush recommended two large, isolated stretches of the South Pacific be considered for protection as national monuments, to save coral reefs, fish and sea birds near the Northern Marianas Islands and American Samoa - but those areas are more than 5,000 miles from Oregon. Hartmann says such strategies represent a completely different way of thinking about ocean resources.

"What we've done in this state - and really around the world - is generally manage species by species and use by use. We narrowly forget about the other species that are related, or not related, to that in the ocean. And so, marine reserves help you protect entire ecosystems."

The Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife has a Web site that walks people through the nomination process, at

Chris Thomas, Public News Service - OR