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October 18, 2018

5:45 to 6:30 pm - Networking/Hors d’oeuvres
6:30 to 7:30 pm - Speaker Forum


Pioneering Legislatively-Mandated Marine Reserves in Oregon

The Paramount Hotel (Mezzanine Level)
808 SW Taylor St.
Portland, OR 97205

  • One block from MAX, Street Car & Smart Park

For additional information, contact:

  • Joe Needoba, Speaker Chair 503-346-3421

  • Sara Moore, President


Pioneering Legislatively-Mandated Marine Reserves in Oregon

In 2012 the State of Oregon completed the designation of five marine reserve sites dedicated to conservation and scientific research of coastal ecosystems. All five reserves are located within state waters and are legislatively mandated to prohibit extractive activities. The sites are managed by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) Marine Reserves Program, which is charged with monitoring the effectiveness of the reserves as a management tool. Never before in Oregon has an extensive and comprehensive long-term monitoring program of the nearshore marine ecosystem existed.  The Oregon Legislature has called for an evaluation of the Program in 2023 that will reflect upon the management, scientific monitoring, outreach, community engagement, compliance, enforcement and funding for the five marine reserve sites. The evaluation marks a point where the state will consider if, and how, marine reserves will continue to be used as a nearshore resource management tool moving into the future.

For this month’s forum, we will hear from Lindsay Aylesworth from ODFW present on current research, the 2023 evaluation process, and the challenges of implementing a long-term monitoring program in the face of changing ocean conditions. The presentation will feature underwater photos and videos to highlight examples lessons learned that there’s more beneath the surface in Oregon’s Marine Reserves.   



Lindsay Aylesworth, Research Project Leader, ODFW Marine Reserves Program

Lindsay is the research project leader for the ODFW Marine Reserves Program. Lindsay oversees the Program’s ecological research. She received her doctoral degree from the University of British Columbia, where she focused on data-poor marine species in Southeast Asia. Over the past ten years Lindsay has worked on a variety of marine issues including bycatch in Pacific Island fisheries, endangered species research, coral reef ecology, and fisheries management. She has a Master’s degree in coastal environmental management from Duke University, and served as a Fulbright Scholar in Brazil. Lindsay enjoys surfing, sailing and playing the ukulele in her free time.


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