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
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
Majority Report - submitted Aug. 11, 2011 (PDF Format 1
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
Oregon International Port of Coos Bay agreed to assist the state
in organizing and facilitating the Marine Reserves
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.
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.
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
the Cape Arago/Seven Devils options is below, along with the
public comment link.
comment deadline was Monday, December 20, 2010.
Click here for the public comments from December Town Hall
Meetings. (PDF Format 39.4 MB)