Two new marine reserves

The House reaches a compromise with fishers about two marine reserves on the Oregon Coast.

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Two marine areas are set to become reserves after the Oregon House passed HB3031 on Thursday. Creation of the reserves has been a tricky process because of protests from fishermen and coastal groups.

The bill, which now goes to the Senate, taps $1 million from damages awarded over the New Carissa shipwreck to implement the recommendations of the Oregon Ocean Policy Advisory Council, which spent eight months developing consensus.

HB3013 creates one marine reserve, where no fishing or mining would be allowed, at Otter Rock off Depot Bay and another at Redfish Rocks off Port Orford. A larger marine protected area, where some fishing may be allowed, would be created at Redfish Rocks. It also provides for research and enforcement.

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