In addition, the bill establishes two pilot marine reserve projects at Otter Rock near Depoe Bay and Redfish Rocks near Port Orford and prescribes a process to evaluate the potential for reserves in four other areas of the coast. The vote was 51-0.
"It was great to find an Oregon solution to a distinct Oregon problem. When people get together, talk openly and hammer out difficult issues, better solutions tend to come about. I am truly excited about the House Bill 3013 and its potential for the future of Oregon,” said Representative Arnie Roblan (D-Coos Bay) who carried the bill on the Floor today.
“This bill reflects an incredible amount of work from a diverse group of stakeholders, who put aside their differences to agree on a process that Oregon can be proud of; as we move forward the Coastal Legislators will ensure the concerns of our coastal communities are addressed” said Representative Wayne Krieger (R-Gold Beach).