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Cape Blanco Nearshore Ocean

Off the coast of Cape Blanco, an area of nutrient-rich upwellings that supports a diverse community of marine life.

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Off the coast of Cape Blanco, an area of nutrient-rich upwellings that supports a diverse community of marine life.

Location: Off the southern Oregon coast. This area changes in size and location due to seasonal and annual changes in wind and current patterns, but is generally located within 25 miles west of Cape Blanco and south up to 50 miles.

Description: This area has relatively consistent winds and a physical obstruction to ocean currents (Cape Blanco) that combine to create the most dependable and nutrient-rich upwellings away from the immediate coastline on the Oregon coast.

Ornithological Highlights: This area has some of the highest concentrations of seabirds in the California Current System (CCS). Because of the consistency of the upwelling at this site, the area may be particularly important during segments of climatic cycles when marine food resources are relatively scarce along the West Coast. Species found to rely on upwellings associated with the upper continental slope on this site include albatross and Sooty Shearwater.

For more information on Cape Blanco Nearshore Ocean, please see the Technical Site Report in the National IBA Database.

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Location: Off the southern Oregon coast. This area changes in size and location due to seasonal and annual changes in wind and current patterns, but is generally located within 25 miles west of Cape Blanco and south up to 50 miles.

Description: This area has relatively consistent winds and a physical obstruction to ocean currents (Cape Blanco) that combine to create the most dependable and nutrient-rich upwellings away from the immediate coastline on the Oregon coast.

Ornithological Highlights: This area has some of the highest concentrations of seabirds in the California Current System (CCS). Because of the consistency of the upwelling at this site, the area may be particularly important during segments of climatic cycles when marine food resources are relatively scarce along the West Coast. Species found to rely on upwellings associated with the upper continental slope on this site include albatross and Sooty Shearwater.

For more information on Cape Blanco Nearshore Ocean, please see the Technical Site Report in the National IBA Database.

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