Port Orford is the top producing port of live fish in Oregon. The community is dependent upon the nearshore live fish fishery. There is great interest in promoting sustainable fishing practices and local science/research that will contribute to sustainable management of the fishery.
In order to protect our ocean resources over the long term, area fishermen created The Port Orford Ocean Resources Team, a non-profit organization dedicated to sustainable fishing practices and marine biological diversity. They created the Port Orford Community Stewardship Area, 1,320 square miles, which includes the territorial sea out to the three mile limit and the adjacent watershed land area to facilitate this. In addition, the state-designated Redfish Rocks Marine Reserve is located just south of town.
Clean Drinking Water
The City of Port Orford sources its municipal water supply from the nearby North Fork Hubbard Creek watershed. To supply clean drinking water, the City has, through the years, worked to purchase critical lands in this forested watershed for long-term conservation and stewardship.