"The largest in Oregon’s Marine Reserve network, this reserve covers 14.1 square miles of ocean habitat. There are three Marine Protected Areas that include 18.8 square miles. The reserve and MPAs are joined terrestrially by some of the most protected and outstanding old growth coastal rainforest. The region has been identified as the Central Coast Marbled Murrelet Important Bird Area. The US Fish and Wildlife Service notes it has the state’s highest concentration of ESA-listed murrelets. The small but productive Cape Perpetua Reef Complex within this site hosts a diversity of rockfish species, including copper, vermillion and quillback rockfish. There are 15 seabird nesting colonies, including the largest mainland breeding colony of Brandt’s cormorants in the Pacific at Heceta Head.
The large rocky promontories of Cape Perpetua and Heceta Head, the productive ocean waters and expansive sandy seafloor environments, mark a unique transition from the nearshore rocky reefs to the north off Seal Rock and the subtidal reefs and kelp forests to south at Cape Arago. Between the energetic intertidal habitats and the deeper and stable offshore habitats on the shelf, this nearshore area hosts diverse communities of invertebrates, important forage species, such as sand lance, crabs, flatfishes, and sharks, as well as foraging seabirds and marine mammals. The small, but productive, Cape Perpetua Reef Complex within this site hosts a diversity of rockfish species. This remote and productive area is one of Oregon's natural treasures."
On January 1, 2014, the restrictions on fishing and extractive activity at Cape Perpetua marine reserve go into effect. Fishing, taking invertabrates and seaweed, and all other wildlife are forbidden within the reserve boundaries. These restrictions only partially apply to shoreline activities. See more exact guidelines with maps here: http://www.statesmanjournal.com/assets/pdf/J02169511224.PDF