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|Thursday, January 27, 2011|
A recent scientific study co-authored by Oregon State University marine biologists showed that marine reserves help boost fisheries over 100 miles away.
“These [areas] are going to change rapidly as the ocean warms, acidifies and harmful algal blooms occur,” notes Mark Hixon, one of the OSU co-authors of the study, stressing that marine reserves lead to more resilient ecosystems that can weather changes better than areas that are regularly fished.
But the study hasn’t changed the minds of many Oregon fishermen who have fought against reserves on the state’s coast for years and continue to oppose them. “People in the fishing industry see marine reserves as a solution looking for a problem,” says Oregon Trawl Commission director Brad Pettinger. He and other opponents fear that new marine reserves would threaten the livelihoods of coastal fishermen. According to Oregon’s employment department, the state's total landed value of commercially caught fish in 2009 was $109 million.
Not all fishermen agree with Pettinger, who represents the interests of Oregon’s trawling fishermen, who fish 10 to 30 miles from the coast. The proposed marine reserves extend three miles out from the coast. “Historically, (pilot reserve Redfish Rocks) had been fished pretty hard,” says Port Orford Ocean Resource Team spokesman Aaron Longton, who hook and line fishes near Redfish Rocks. “They wiped this place out,” he says, speaking of trawling boats that, until restrictions were place in 2002, operated near the shore.
The state Legislature will consider funding three proposed reserves, but finding the money in light of the state's $3.5 billion shortfall will be a challenge.
Thursday, August 20, 2015
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Ask any college student: Textbook prices have skyrocketed out of control. Online education startup Lumen Learning aims to bring them down to earth.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
The Big One serves as an allegory for Portland, a city that earns plaudits for lifestyle and amenities but whose infrastructure is, literally, crumbling.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Oregon's roads are crumbling, and revenues from state and local gas taxes are not sufficient to pay for improvements. We asked readers if the private sector should help fund transportation maintenance and repairs. Research partner CFM Strategic Communications conducted the poll of 366 readers in February.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
BY LINDA BAKER
In 2010 Vanessa Keitges and several investors purchased Portland-based Columbia Green Technologies, a green-roof company. The 13-person firm has a 200% annual growth rate, exports 30% of its product to Canada and received its first infusion of venture capital in 2014 from Yaletown Venture Partners. CEO Keitges, 40, a Southern Oregon native who serves on President Obama’s Export Council, talks about market innovation, scaling small business and why Oregon is falling behind in green-roof construction.
Friday, July 10, 2015
BY AMY MILSHTEIN
When gossip crosses the line.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Former Governor John Kitzhaber's resignation in February prompted some soul searching in this state about ethical behavior in industry and government.
Monday, July 13, 2015
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