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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.
Wednesday, June 03, 2015
As part of our green workplaces story, Oregon Business checked out a community service project undertaken by Portland Youth Builders, a nonprofit alternative high school. In partnership with Whole Foods, PYB built garden boxes for a Home Forward housing site. Home Forward is a government agency that provides housing for low income residents and people with disabilities.
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Oregon’s new marijuana law is expected to lead to a bevy of new business opportunities for the state. And not just for growers. Law firms, HR consultants, energy efficiency companies and many others are expected to benefit from the decriminalization of pot, according to panelists at an Oregon Business breakfast meeting on Tuesday.
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Fireworks are a booming industry, even if the pyrotechnics have turned July 4th into a day fire marshals, and many residents, love to hate.
Friday, May 22, 2015
BY CHRIS NOBLE
The right sunglasses can protect your eyes and look cool at the same time. This being the 21st century, select shades are socially conscious, too. Portland brand Shwood uses wood and other natural materials and manufactures locally. Founded by Ann Sacks, the brand Fetch dedicates a portion of its profits to animal welfare. But whether you choose classic tortiseshell or aviator chic, please, shed the sunglasses when you walk in the door — and, of course, at night.
Friday, May 08, 2015
BY CHRIS NOBLE | PHOTOS BY JASON E. KAPLAN
Hagfish may not have evolved much over the last 300 million years, but their protein-heavy slime promises advances in super-materials.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
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PHOTOS BY JASON E. KAPLAN
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