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Cape Perpetua Land-Sea Symposium 2021

November 18, 2021 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm PST

9th Annual Land-Sea Symposium

Join us for the 9th Annual Cape Perpetua Land-Sea Symposium

Please join us here at 5:30pm on November 18: https://youtu.be/hJv_fU_oa5k

Event Goals:
– Raise awareness of historical and current conservation, research and stewardship of Cape Perpetua region.
– Foster and promote a sense of place and stewardship within the community for the Cape Perpetua region.
– Promote volunteer opportunities and local organizing to support long-term management and conservation for the Cape Perpetua marine reserve.
– Create opportunities for people to collaborate on conservation activities within the Cape Perpetua region, especially those focused on the Cape Perpetua marine reserve.



Representative Gomberg

5:45pm – KEYNOTE: Coastal Connectivity: A Web of Life
Mark Hixon, Professor and Hsiao Endowed Chair in Marine Biology School of Life Sciences – University of Hawai‘i

Mark Hixon, a professor of marine biology at OSU from 1984 through 2012, co-chaired the stakeholder committee that designed the Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve. He will summarize ecological connections between land and sea along the Oregon coast, as well as connectivity in coastal oceans. Mark has studied marine protected areas (MPAs) in various locations globally, and will review what is known about dispersal of fish among MPAs and unprotected areas, the “seeding effect” by larvae as well as the “spillover effect” by larger fish, both of which replenish fisheries.

6:20pm – INTERMISSION: Tidepooling with Oregon Coast Aquarium

The Oregon Coast Aquarium understands the importance of fostering a connection between people and nature; a great way of feeling more connected to Oregon’s wildlife is by exploring its wild spaces. During intermission, the Aquarium seeks to provide some insight on one of the best ways to connect with Oregon’s coast: tidepooling. Join us as we discuss the intertidal zone, its inhabitants, and tidepool etiquette.

6:35pm – Short #1: Determining Salt Marsh Restoration Outcomes using Focus Groups and Ecological Data
Julie Gonzalez is a Ph.D. Candidate at University of California, Davis, and a current NOAA Margaret A. Davidson Fellow with the San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

This talk shares project findings to date about outcomes of salt marsh restoration based on ecological measures, social perceptions of restoration, and how these two components relate.

6:45pm – Short #2: The role of Oregon estuaries in the recruitment and early life stages of rockfishes
Scott Heppell, Associate Professor of Marine and Freshwater Fisheries Ecology, Oregon State University

Estuaries are vital ecosystems, meeting a variety of human and natural needs. As nursery habitat for commercially and ecologically important fishes, we rely on estuaries as part of the sustainability system for healthy rockfish populations. Our work on rockfish early life history in Oregon estuaries documents long-term seasonal estuary residence of rockfishes, an increasing diversity of species over the years associated with the recovery of overfished populations, and the importance of natural habitats, particularly in a changing ocean, to the growth and survival of these important nearshore fish.

6:55pm – Short #3: Mariner and Fisherman Perspectives on Ocean Changes
Captain Al Pazar

Al has always been interested in marine science and in 2011 purchased the 56 foot Pacific Surveyor to be used exclusively as an ocean-going research vessel, providing research scientists with access to the sea to perform their at-sea projects. Al and the crew of the Pacific Surveyor have worked with federal and state agencies and many educational institutions, performing fishery stock assessment, critical habitat classification, water profiling, ROV, video and acoustic surveys along the Washington, Oregon and California Coasts.

7:05pm – PANEL: discussion w/all speakers
7:30pm – ADJOURN

About the Speakers

Mark Hixon, Professor and Hsiao Endowed Chair in Marine Biology School of Life Sciences – University of Hawai‘i

Mark Hixon is a professor in the School of Life Sciences at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. He is the Sidney and Erika Hsiao [rhymes with “chow” but starts with an “sh” sound] Endowed Chair in Marine Biology and serves as Chair of the Zoology Graduate Program. His expertise is marine ecology and conservation biology, especially regarding coral reefs, which he has studied in many locales around the world.

Mark completed his graduate work at the University of California at Santa Barbara, where he studied the ecology kelp forests. He was then a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Hawai‘i, where he began his studies of coral reefs in the late 1970s. From 1984 to 2012, Mark was a professor at Oregon State University, then was recruited back to UH as an endowed professor in 2013.

His research addresses the questions of what determines the number of fish in the sea, how so many different species naturally coexist with each other, and how marine reserves and artificial reefs help to conserve sea life and enhance fisheries.

In 2004, Mark was recognized by the Institute for Scientific Information Citation Index as the most cited scientific author on coral-reef ecology in the United States. Fulbright Senior Scholar, Aldo Leopold Fellow, and Fellow of the International Coral Reef Society, Mark serves on the editorial boards of multiple scientific journals. He is past chair of both the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the Ocean Sciences Advisory Committee for the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Mark has won various awards for teaching, and his public outreach includes TED talks and appearances on the PBS TV show Saving the Oceans. This year he was recognized as the Scientist of the Year by the ARCS Foundation Honolulu Chapter for his “remarkable record of research and publication in the area of marine ecology and conservation biology, as a mentor to graduate students, and for efforts to educate the public about threats to our coral reefs.”

Ph.D. Candidate at University of California, Davis, and a current NOAA Margaret A. Davidson Fellow with the San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

Julie Gonzalez is a Ph.D. Candidate at University of California, Davis, and a current NOAA Margaret A. Davidson Fellow with the San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. She is interested in estuarine community ecology and how to use this science to improve coastal habitat restoration, facilitating collaborative co-development of research projects and considering multiple stakeholder perceptions in the process. Over the past eight years, she has been involved in several restoration projects along the California and Oregon coasts as both a research scientist and former project manager with California State Coastal Conservancy.

Scott Heppell, Associate Professor of Marine and Freshwater Fisheries Ecology, Oregon State University

Scott’s research interests are the physiological ecology of fishes, in particular how physiology, behavior, and life history traits affect the interactions between fish populations, their respective fisheries, and the environment. He has worked on bluefin tuna on the Atlantic high seas, Mediterranean, and east coast of the United States, on groupers throughout the southeast Atlantic, Caribbean, and Gulf of Mexico, on rockfish in Oregon and Alaska, and on trout, steelhead, and salmon in Japan and the high deserts of eastern Oregon and Northern Nevada. He collaborates with academic scientists, state and federal agencies, foreign agencies and universities, and commercial and recreational fishermen, working together to try and address issues related to the sustainability of marine and freshwater resources and their ecosystems. At Oregon State University he teaches classes in fish physiology, fishery biology, and management of salmon in the Pacific Northwest.

Al Pazar, Mariner & Fisherman

Al Pazar is a long-time commercial fisherman residing in Florence, Oregon. He began fishing the Pacific Ocean off the Washington Coast with his father in 1964 working out of the small fishing towns of Ilwaco and Westport. The 2022 season will mark Al’s 58th consecutive year on the ocean.

Al briefly attended Oregon State University where he studied fishery science and met his wife, Pam. Al and Pam worked as a team together for ten years on a small, 36 foot fishing vessel. They have been married 45 years and have two children and one granddaughter.

Crab, salmon, tuna and halibut were Al’s target species for many years. Al and Pam have owned the Krab Kettle Seafood Market in Florence for 32 years and have provided Central Coast locals and visitors with fresh, right off the boat seafood since 1986. In 2005 Al opened Local Ocean Seafoods on the Newport Bayfront with partner Laura Anderson.

Al has been a member of many councils, boards and commissions related to ocean issues. He has often found himself in the role as a bridge builder between the fishing industry and research science and management. Al served 14 years on the Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission, was an inaugural member of the Oregon Council on Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia, and along with another speaker today, Mark Hixon, co-chaired the Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve Community Team.


Project Highlight: Surfrider volunteers are working to keep Oregon’s beaches clean, monitor water quality, and protect our coastline. Contact us to learn how you can get involved! 

Fact: Surfrider only has two staff in Oregon so the bulk of their work is driven by volunteers!

Contact: Bri Goodwin, Oregon Field Manager

Project Highlight: Portland Audubon’s activities range from providing a suite of community science opportunities focused on bird monitoring, public outreach and stewardship on the land-sea connection focused on our Tenmile Creek Sanctuary, facilitating conservation land acquisition and easements in the Cape Perpetua region. Click here to learn more about their Coastal Marine Conservation Program.

Fact: Portland Audubon is the oldest environmental conservation organization in Oregon – established 1902.

Contacts: Joe Liebezeit (Staff Scientist & Avian Conservation Mgr) and Paul Engelmeyer (Tenmile Creek Sanctuary Manager

Project Highlight: Visit the Oregon Marine Reserves website to keep tabs on current research, find out about reports and upcoming events, dive into interesting ocean topics, and hear perspectives from scientists, fishermen, volunteers and community members. You can also explore underwater videos on the ODFW Marine Reserves YouTube channel and find photos from researchers in action on the Oregon Marine Reserves Flickr page.

Fact: The ODFW Marine Reserves Program oversees the management and scientific monitoring of Oregon’s five marine reserve sites off our coast. ODFW is studying both the ecology and the human dimensions of the reserves. What they are learning from these living laboratories is being used to support sustainable nearshore ocean resources and resilient coastal communities here in Oregon.

Contact: Cristen Don, ODFW Marine Reserves Program Leader

Project Highlight: Most of the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area has been available to visitors and local residents including fantastic hiking. The Visitor Center has been closed to the public so that we comply with local and state Covid regulations and to protect the safety of staff and visitors. While the Visitor Center is closed we are working on updating exhibits. We are reaching out to neighboring school districts throughout the forest to provide an alternative to in person field trips.

Fact: We continue to look for ways to serve the public during these challenging times. It is important to the Forest Service and the Central Coast Ranger District to strike a balance between providing a safe environment for our staff and volunteers and providing visitor services.

Contact: Know Before You Go (weather, tides, trails, campground & road conditions)

American Cetacean Society – Oregon Chapter

Project Highlight: Whales & Marine Reserves: Education and Awareness Our project began in 2016. We document whales and their behaviors within the marine reserves while educating and surveying the public.

Fact: The American Cetacean Society is the world’s first whale conservation organization, established in 1967.

Contact: Joy Primrose, Chapter President

Project Highlight: View the Future, McKenzie River Trust and the City of Yachats have partnered in sponsoring Sam Hillman, a participant from the Resource Assistance for Rural Environments (RARE) Program, sponsored by AmeriCorps, and administered through the University of Oregon.

Sam’s projects as “Central Coast Conservation Associate,” will be twofold. First, he will be assisting the McKenzie River Trust in identifying priority lands for conservation in the central coast region as well as identifying and connecting with the regional partners and their ongoing projects. Secondly, he will be working with the City of Yachats local government and View the Future to address water insecurity in the community by assisting in water planning, organizing community conservation efforts such as collaborative management, and working to advance watershed protection.

Fact: Part of View the Future’s mission is “to preserve, protect, and enhance understanding of our cultural and historical heritage for the benefit of the Yachats community and its future generations.”  Throughout the years we have researched and developed historical accounts, created documents and interpretive signage, and provided presentations for local residents and visitors to build awareness, understanding, and appreciation for our local heritage.  This year we have added a section on our web site called “View the Past” to share collections of our research on our local cultural and historical heritage.

Contact: Email View the Future

Project Highlight: CoastWatch is working to increase both marine debris surveys and sea star observation surveys in areas where they aren’t currently being done. Marine debris surveys take place within 100 meters, so there are many areas near Cape Perpetua currently not covered. Sea star observation surveys can be done anywhere, year round, and whenever a volunteer wants to do one. For more information and a personalized training, please contact Jesse.

Fact: CoastWatch recruits volunteers to keep an eye on Oregon’s coast, one mile at a time, and connects volunteers with scientists and experts to train on how to contribute important data to help plan our coast’s future. 

Contacts: Jesse Jones, CoastWatch Volunteer Coordinator

Project Highlight: The Yachats Trails Committee is comprised of 5 leaders who plan and coordinate the activities of approximately 100 other volunteers in ongoing efforts to maintain, develop, and promote trails in and around Yachats.  Volunteers also work at removing invasive plant species on City property.  Total hours volunteered exceed 2000/ year.

In addition to two work sessions each month for trail maintenance and removal of invasive, volunteers are also working to enlarge the Amanda Gathering area, add to plantings along the Prospect Trail, and to develop several map signs that will help both residents and vistors navigate our trails safely.

Fact: Yachats Trails works closely with partner organizations like Oregon Parks & Recreation District, Siuslaw National Forest, View the Future, and members of tribes in our area.

Contacts: The Yachats Trails Committee is run by a “Gang of Five

About: The Oregon Ocean Conservation Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation facilitates the engagement of coastal residents, communities, and businesses in helping to protect the health of Oregon’s ocean. The Fund provides grants to nonprofit organizations to meet that goal.


November 18, 2021
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm PST
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