Coastal and Marine Fisheries

 

Integrating the human and the natural dimensions of fisheries is imperative in the face of challenges such as increased regulation and changing environmental conditions.

GOAL

We seek to support the health and resilience of wild-caught fisheries and the communities that support them.

Objectives

  • Inform decision makers and the public about Oregon fisheries and the community effects of local seafood production and consumption.
  • Understand, document, and communicate the ecological status and socio-economic value of Pacific Northwest coastal and marine species that are currently or potentially commercially, recreationally, and culturally important to assess their resilience and sustainability.
  • Understand, document, and work towards solutions to address the challenges and needs facing the Oregon fishing industry (e.g., safety, gray of the fleet, processors' staffing needs, climate change).

GOAL

We seek to understand, communicate, and build capacity with stakeholders to work toward solutions that address the natural, social, and economic ramifications of competing space and use pressures affecting fisheries (e.g., aquaculture, ocean energy).

Objectives

  • Assess the economic, ecological and sociocultural viability of new or expanded Oregon aquaculture, and build capacity to support existing and emerging sustainable operations.
  • Assess the effects of infrastructure change and use on coastal and marine biological and cultural resources.
  • Assess conflict and, where appropriate, facilitate resolution among user groups for space, use, and resource issues.

OSG's role in coastal and marine fisheries has evolved over time, thus the need for continued innovative and integrative approaches to addressing human and natural dimensions of coastal and marine fisheries.