The Port Orford Field Station is located on the wind-swept southern coast of Oregon, just south of Cape Blanco, the westernmost point of Oregon. Cape Blanco also forms a biogeographic boundary that separates the Californian from the Oregonian ocean bioregions of the California Current Large Marine Ecosystem. This means that Port Orford is located in an ecoregion more similar to that of Northern California than that of coastal Oregon north of Cape Blanco, providing rich opportunities to explore, study, and research the unique attributes of this region. It has been officially operated by Oregon State University since 2016.
Research and monitoring at the nearby Redfish Rocks Marine Reserve on adult fish movement, SCUBA surveys, Hook and Line (catch and release) surveys of fish populations, ROV (remote operated vehicles) fitted with underwater cameras, benthic surveys, oceanographic monitoring, including ocean acidification
Gray whale foraging behavior (now in it’s 7th year!) with the GEMM Lab at the Marine Mammal Institute
Tufted Puffins - colonies located at nearby Island Rock being studied by Dr. Rachael Orben and OSU Graduate student Noah Dolinajec
Kelp2Whales - Sea Grant funded project examining the connections between bull kelp and whales
ORKA - The station supports the Oregon Kelp Alliance (ORKA), a diverse group promoting healthy kelp forests in Oregon, and piloting a kelp forest restoration area at nearby Nellie’s Cove at Orford Heads
Gray whale foraging behavior (with GEMM lab) - including two High School student internships
Marine Reserve Interpretation & Science Communication Internship
You can view more Marine Studies internships HERE
Port Orford Sustainable Seafood - this local seafood processing business operates in the Field Station building and offers a community-supported fishery providing local Port Orford seafood to Oregonians from Portland to Ashland.
The Station provides air fills for SCUBA divers - scientific divers carrying out research in the surrounding waters, sport divers exploring the rich rocky habitats of the south coast, and commercial divers working in area marinas. Since opening, we have provided 100’s of tank fills for scientific, sport, and commercial divers.
444 Jackson St. 1 block seaward of Highway 101
PO Box 143
Port Orford, OR 97465