Program Meeting: Tuesday, September 25, 7:30 pm - Land and Sea Conservation Issues and Strategies
Paul Engelmeyer will present on the topic of Oregon Marine Reserves and the conservation challenges and issues facing the Marbled Murrelet, forage fish, and coho recovery efforts. He is a dynamic speaker with a passion for his work in advocating protections for seabird populations, Marbled Murrelets, fish, and coastal habitats.
The Oregon coast is one of the wildest and most unique places in the state, offering exceptional opportunities for viewing seabirds, marine mammals, and other wildlife. It is also home to vast underwater kelp forests and rocky reefs that provide important habitat for the hundreds of fish and other aquatic species that live in Oregon’s near-shore waters.
Marine Reserves are areas in the ocean that fully protect fish, wildlife, and their habitats from destruction within their borders. Marine Protected Areas are places in the ocean that have varying protection levels in keeping with specific conservation purposes. Oregon is now home to five Marine Reserves: Cape Falcon, Cascade Head, Otter Rock, Cape Perpetua, and Redfish Rocks.
For more than 20 years, Paul has worked in coastal conservation and is currently the chair of the Mid-Coast Watershed Council. Since 1991 he has managed Portland Audubon Society’s Ten Mile Creek Sanctuary, near Yachats. As a respected voice on Pacific Northwest conservation issues, he provides valuable information to state and regional fish and wildlife commissions. He is also a recognized leader in exposing the plight of Oregon’s now-threatened Coho Salmon, and works on the regional Forage Fish campaign to ensure a critical food base for seabirds, salmon, tuna, and marine mammals within the California Current.