Blanco Reef Rocky Shore

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About the Blanco Reef Rocky Shore Area

Blanco Reef is located approximately one-half mile southwest of the Cape Blanco headland, which is nine miles north of Port Orford, in Curry County, Oregon.
The offshore islands that are part of Blanco Reef are part of the Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge (NWR).
Key Resources
Extensive subtidal habitat and large kelp beds (which when combined with those directly offshore of Cape Blanco make up approximately ¼ of the state’s beds), red urchins, and use by harbor seals, threatened Stellar sea lions and elephant seals.
  What can you do here?
Access to all offshore rocks is prohibited, as they are part of the Oregon Islands NWR. However, the adjacent ocean is a popular fishing location and harvest location for red sea urchins.

Getting to the Rocky shore at Blanco Reef

Access is by boat only, although all access to offshore rocks is prohibited, as they are important habitat for seabirds and marine mammals.

Who Owns this Site?
Submerged and submersible rocks: Division of State Lands; offshore rocks above Mean High Water: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
  Who Manages this Site?
The offshore rocks are managed as part of the Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge.

Data for the Blanco Reef Rocky Shore
[2 Records Listed]

Blanco Reef Rocky Shore GIS Data
Data Layer

[2 Records Listed]

Information compiled by Laurel Hillmann, NOAA Coastal Management Fellow, OPRD

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