The Marine Resources Program (MRP) is ODFW’s home for management of fish and wildlife species and habitats in the ocean, bays, and estuaries. Based in Newport with field offices in Astoria, Charleston and Brookings, MRP staff are responsible for the monitoring, sampling, research and management of commercial and recreational marine fisheries and associated marine habitats. In addition to our fisheries-focused work, the MRP is engaged in a wide variety of research, management and policy actions about all aspects of ocean use and conservation.
Interested in forage fish?
The MRP has a new draft Forage Fish Management Plan and we are currently collecting public comment (from June 15 – July 13, 2016).
Going fishing in salty water? Start here.
The Oregon Nearshore Strategy, adopted by the Oregon Fish & Wildlife Commission in December 2005, is a strategic document that establishes priorities for ODFW's management of nearshore marine resources. The Strategy provides a wealth of information on key nearshore species and habitats, information gaps and needs, and opportunities for public/private conservation actions and partnerships.
The Nearshore Strategy is a living document. The Strategy has undergone a review and update. After an extensive public process including progress reports at Commission meetings in January, April and August, a revised draft was presented to the Commission for adoption at its September 4 meeting. The Commission voted unanimously to approved completion of the 10-year update for submission to the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service by October 1, 2015. The final version of the Oregon Conservation Strategy and its marine component the Oregon Nearshore Strategy will be available on the ODFW website once they are approved. For more information see the Oregon Nearshore Strategy page.
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