Oregon Sea Grant

Oregon Sea Grant Science serving Oregon's coast Based at Oregon State University since 1971, Oregon Sea Grant funds research, outreach, scholarships and K-12 marine education.
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We also run the public education wing at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport.

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Discover the #SharksofOregon! Today we bring to you the Basking Shark (Cetorhinus maximus)! This gentle giant can reach ...
03/28/2021

Discover the #SharksofOregon! Today we bring to you the Basking Shark (Cetorhinus maximus)! This gentle giant can reach up to 32 ft in length and is often found filter feeding for plankton near the surface of the water. #WeekendWildlifeFeature

For a bonus Basking Shark fact visit our Instagram page: https://bit.ly/3cUfeCi

To learn more about the Basking Shark and the other shark species found here in Oregon visit: http://bit.ly/3cU6Lik

It's time for #FridayFishFact which means we're diving beneath the surface of the ocean to explore one of the many fish ...
03/26/2021

It's time for #FridayFishFact which means we're diving beneath the surface of the ocean to explore one of the many fish species that live off of the #OregonCoast.

Today we bring to you the Black Rockfish (Sebastes melanops). Black Rockfish are one of 60 different species of Rockfish that exist and are the most commonly caught rockfish in the recreational fishery on the Oregon coast. This species can live up to 50 years and has been found at depths up to 1,200 ft but are usually found over rocky reefs in 180 ft of water or along jetties and other structures in estuaries. While studies suggest that adult Rockfish stay close to home, a tagging study conducted by Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife found several individuals that traveled as far as 600 miles!

See you next week for another #FridayFishFact!

#FishFacts #OregonWildlife #OregonNatureLovers #PNW #WestCoast #PacificOcean #OregonSeafood #Seafood #FridayFacts #underwater #pnwocean #oregonshores The Oregon Coast #marinelife #pnwwonderland
Photo credit: Jana Nichols

ATTENTION #Oregonfishermen: Free first aid training geared towards commercial fishermen. See details below. #commercialf...
03/26/2021

ATTENTION #Oregonfishermen: Free first aid training geared towards commercial fishermen. See details below.

#commercialfishing #Oregonfishing #washingtonfishermen

Only a few spots left in our Fisherman First Aid and Safety Training this coming Monday and Tuesday (3/29-30). Sign up today at: https://bit.ly/3w3M8Jx
The course is free, highly rated and provides a USCG approved CPR and First Aid Certification. In addition everyone who attends will receive a free first aid kit for their boat! (Limit 1 kit per boat). Course is 8 hours over two days, 5-6 hours over Zoom on Day 1 and 2-3 hours in person on Day 2 down at the fishing docks.

A recent publication co-authored by Dr. Leigh Torres describes the use of Global Fishing Watch data to discover connecti...
03/25/2021
New insights into close encounters between albatross and fishing vessels could reduce bycatch risk

A recent publication co-authored by Dr. Leigh Torres describes the use of Global Fishing Watch data to discover connections between fishing vessels and marine animals.

“Our study is really one of the first to look at the fine-scale overlap between fishing vessels and marine animals on the high seas, in international waters,” Torres said. “It opens a whole new understanding of the dynamics between animals and vessels. This work can help the fishing community fish better and help these seabirds survive and thrive.”

Leigh Torres is part of the Oregon Sea Grant Marine Mammal Extension and also leads the Geospatial Ecology of Marine Megafauna Lab (GEMM Lab) within Oregon State University Marine Mammal Institute.

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Oikonos Ecosystem Knowledge, San Jose State University, NOAA Fisheries Service, Pacific Rim Conservation, San Diego State University, Stony Brook University Journal of Applied Ecology

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A novel analysis of encounters between albatross and commercial fishing vessels across the North Pacific Ocean is giving researchers important new understanding about seabird-vessel interactions that could help reduce harmful encounters. The new research method, which combines lo...

#SEMINAR #TODAYWhale entanglement in fishing gear has become a pressing concern in US West Coast waters. Tonight, Solène...
03/25/2021

#SEMINAR #TODAY

Whale entanglement in fishing gear has become a pressing concern in US West Coast waters. Tonight, Solène Derville of the GEMM lab, Marine Mammal Institute Oregon State University will be discussing the use of aerial and boat-based surveys to model large whale habitat to produce accurate predictive models of whale distribution off the Oregon coast. This information could be used to advise management efforts to reduce entanglement risk.

To join the OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center seminar or to learn more visit: http://bit.ly/3lFeaWQ

#PARENTS #EDUCATORS TODAY is the last day to register for the Hatfield Marine Science Center Visitor Center Virtual Home...
03/24/2021

#PARENTS #EDUCATORS

TODAY is the last day to register for the Hatfield Marine Science Center Visitor Center Virtual Homeschool Series: Magnification Madness designed for students in grades 5-7.

Students will get a close-up perspective of the world around them using their own personal hand-held Foldscope. You won't want to miss this one!

Learn more and register here: https://bit.ly/2P7JdP0

03/24/2021
Last Man Fishing MEDIA

"Last Man Fishing is a cinematic look at the vastly changing seafood system through the lens of small-scale fishermen across the United States."

NRDC and Sitka Salmon Shares are currently hosting a virtual online screening with a Q&A session taking place TOMORROW, March 25 at 5:30 pm (PT). To join visit: bit.ly/lmfscreening

*Note: Oregon Sea Grant was not involved in the making of this film nor involved in the screening event.

Mark Bittman, Newport Fishermen's Wives, Nerka Sea Frozen Salmon, Marine Conservation Network, National Fisherman, Future of Fish, NOAA Fisheries West Coast, West Coast Fisheries Consultants, LLC, Saving Seafood, American Fisheries Society, Pacific Fishery Management Council, IntraFish Media, USFWS Columbia Pacific Northwest

This is "Last Man Fishing MEDIA" by JD Schuyler on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

03/23/2021

Just two miles north of this site, the mighty Rogue River meets the Pacific Ocean. Head south for 30 miles and you'll find yourself crossing the California/Oregon border. Anyone have an idea where this video was filmed?

With over 360+ miles of coastline in Oregon, there are endless possibilities for adventure!

#pnwonderland #oregoncoast #oregonexplored #oregonadventures #oceanconservation #whereami #oceanviews Gold Beach, Oregon

Oregon Sea Grant's Sam Chan recently assisted in the development of the Oregon Invasive Species Council's (OISC) publica...
03/23/2021
Threats and Opportunities Primer — Oregon Invasive Species Council

Oregon Sea Grant's Sam Chan recently assisted in the development of the Oregon Invasive Species Council's (OISC) publication, "Invasive Species Threats & Opportunities: A Primer for Oregon Policymakers"

The primer is intended to serve as an educational tool for Oregon's policy makers and their constituents on invasive species threats including the pathways in which they arrive and spread, their impacts on local economics and landscapes, regional species of higher concern, the roles of various state agencies, case studies of success, the status of current threats and impending needs throughout the state.

Read the full publication here: http://bit.ly/3lDBrIw

Sam served at the Chair of the OISC Education and Outreach and Co-Chair of Communications Committee that worked alongside other members of the OISC to develop this publication: Oregon Sea Grant, Confederated Tribes of Umatilla Indian Reservation Friends of South Slough Reserve, Inc. Oregon Farm Bureau, Mosaic Ecology, Governor Kate Brown, Oregon Department of Agriculture, Oregon DEQ, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Oregon Department of Forestry, Oregon Parks & Rec, Oregon State Parks, Oregon State University, Oregon State Marine Board, Portland State University, The Freshwater Trust, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Bureau of Reclamation, BLM Oregon & Washington, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, NRCS, U.S. Department of Agriculture

THIS INVASIVE SPECIES THREATS & OPPORTUNITIES: A PRIMER FOR OREGON POLICYMAKERS WAS DEVELOPED THROUGH A COLLABORATIVE EFFORT OF THE MEMBERS OF THE OREGON INVASIVE SPECIES COUNCIL TO PROVIDE A BRIEFING OF SELECTED SERIOUS THREATS FROM INVASIVE SPECIES AND OPPORTUNITIES TO ADDRESS THESE ISSUES THAT SP...

"If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water." Loren EiselyFrom the freshwater tributaries to the open se...
03/22/2021

"If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water." Loren Eisely

From the freshwater tributaries to the open sea, we're giving a special thanks to the one and only, H20! #InternationalWaterDay #OregonCoast #MyWaterWhy

It's time for our #weeklyroundup of events across the Oregon Sea Grant network! Events this week: 3/25: Research Seminar...
03/22/2021

It's time for our #weeklyroundup of events across the Oregon Sea Grant network!

Events this week:
3/25: Research Seminar: Combining aerial and boat-based surveys to model large whale habitat year-round in Oregon (OPAL project): http://bit.ly/3vPgaQY

Registration closes this week :
3/24: Virtual Homeschool Series: Magnification Madness (grades 5-7): http://bit.ly/3lE6nZi

OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Marine Mammal Institute Whale Alert U.S. Coast Guard U.S. Coast Guard Sector Columbia River STEM for Her Black Girls Do STEM

03/20/2021

Have you ever wondered what the waters off of Oregon's coastline look like beneath the surface? Here's a glimpse of Cape Foulweather captured by Oregon Marine Reserves

#OregonCoast #OceanConservation #science #conservation #research The Oregon Coast Oregon Coast Beach Connection Explore Lincoln City

Congratulations to our 2021 SEED research project recipients! This years projects include:• Microplastics in Oregon’s wa...
03/19/2021

Congratulations to our 2021 SEED research project recipients! This years projects include:

• Microplastics in Oregon’s waters: Connecting seafood studies to policy solutions
Project Investigator (PI): Elise Granek, Environmental Science & Management, Portland State University

• Kelp forests on the Oregon Coast: the foundation that links and supports healthy coastal ecosystems and economy
PI: Aaron Galloway, Oregon Institute of Marine Biology Institute of Marine Biology, University of Oregon

• Resilience of Klamath River ecosystems and coastal communities prior to, during, and following dam removal
PI: Desiree Tullos, Biological & Ecological Engineering - Oregon State University Oregon State University

• Reducing microplastic pollution from runoff in urban watersheds
PI: Jordyn Wolfand, Shiley School of Engineering, University of Portland

Stay tuned for more information on each of these projects. To learn more about our current research visit: http://bit.ly/3tvdCWe

#MarineScience #research #oceanconservation #oceanresearch #microplastics #pollution #oregoncoast #westcoast #seafood #sustainableseafood

What aspects have shaped our views of the natural world and the threats it faces? Do we identify with these concepts as ...
03/18/2021

What aspects have shaped our views of the natural world and the threats it faces? Do we identify with these concepts as a result of personal experiences or culture? What role has a museum or aquarium played in our understanding of our natural surroundings? Janet (Shu Min) Yang, a Malouf Scholar with the Oregon Sea Grant, is exploring these questions and others.

Janets doctoral research project explores the relationship between environmental identity and environmental-crisis learning, especially issues related to abstract concepts, such as ocean acidification, in free-choice learning settings. Janet's research project will focus on people who visit museums and aquariums, including Western people (in the U.S.), indigenous peoples (in the U.S.), and both Brazilian and Taiwanese people to see how cultural-historical contexts influence individuals’ environmental identity that somehow might affect their learning experiences in free-choice learning settings.

To learn more about Janet's project visit her blog: http://bit.ly/3qZL3yC

#freechoicelearning #oregonmuseums #oregonaquariums #aquariums #museums #environmentaled #stem #phdresearch

Oregon Coast STEM Hub STEM Leaders Program - Oregon State University Southern Oregon STEM Mid-Valley STEM Oregon Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) Eugene Science Center Oregon State University Environmental Sciences Graduate Program - Oregon State University

03/17/2021
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Today is the final day to register for the grades 8-12 virtual marine science program with OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center.

During this virtual program, participants will engage with Oregon Sea Grant Marine Education staff and experience first-hand a variety of ways researchers use sampling tools and techniques to conduct research in tide pool and estuarine environments.

Program Date: March 30
Cost: $30
Register: bit.ly/3cn7yYG
More info: fb.me/e/gy6wPMs7K

Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership 4ocean Lincoln County School District - Oregon Newport High School- Newport, Oregon Portland Public Schools Beaverton School District Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) Corvallis School District Eugene School District 4J WeAreTeachers The Educator's Room

03/17/2021
Giant Green Anemone - Biodiversity in Oregon's Marine Reserves

It's #StPatricksDay and what better tide pool critter to spotlight than the giant green anemone (𝐴𝑛𝑡ℎ𝑜𝑝𝑙𝑒𝑢𝑟𝑎 𝑥𝑎𝑛𝑡ℎ𝑜𝑔𝑟𝑎𝑚𝑚𝑖𝑐𝑎).

The adult giant green anemone attaches to a substrate and rarely moves. Although its gets some of its green color through natural pigmentation, much of its color is gained from the symbiotic relationship it has with the micro-algae and dinoflagellates that live in its tissues. These unicellular organisms are photosynthetic, providing the giant green anemone with beneficial nutrients as well as pigmentation. #RelationshipGoals

#Oregonwildlife #OregonNature #WestCoast #PNW #TidePooling #SeaCreatures #OregonNatureLovers #MarineScience #gogreen

Video by Oregon Marine Reserves://youtu.be/anr0Sm2jH8g

“All one can do is the next right thing...”The plan was set, the path was straightforward. You have a goal and move towa...
03/15/2021

“All one can do is the next right thing...”

The plan was set, the path was straightforward. You have a goal and move towards it. But what happens when that plan gets upended? What happens when that seemingly straight path is full of unexpected twists and turns?

Follow along as Oregon Sea Grant Malouf Marine Studies Scholar, Mee-ya Monnin discusses her experience starting her research project during a global pandemic and her adaptive approach moving forward. http://bit.ly/2OLEHFF

Learn about the Malouf scholarship at bit.ly/2I1dlWb

Graduate School - Oregon State University OSU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife College of Agricultural Sciences - Oregon State University #Covid-19 #research #marinescience #oceanconservation

03/13/2021
Zebra Mussels: How to decontaminate your aquarium

Yesterday we shared the news of the invasive #ZebraMussels appearing in moss balls sold for aquariums and houseplants throughout the PNW and several US states. In response, several stores have been quick to remove these products from their shelves and #outreach campaigns have sprung up nationwide. So why have these tiny bivalves stirred up so much commotion?

In this video (4:10 mins), Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Invasive Species Coordinator Rick Boatner talks about the dangers of zebra mussels getting into Oregon waterways and how to safely dispose of these moss balls and decontaminate your fish tank or plant pots: https://bit.ly/30BnkKn

#Attention #InvasiveSpecies #Scicomm #PSA #Oceanconservation #aquariumhobby #houseplants
Greater Portland Aquarium Society

Highly invasive zebra mussels have been found in moss balls for aquariums sold at pet stores and online recently, leading to many questions about safely disi...

⚠️𝗨𝗥𝗚𝗘𝗡𝗧 𝗔𝗾𝘂𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗰 𝗜𝗻𝘃𝗮𝘀𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗦𝗽𝗲𝗰𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝗔𝗹𝗲𝗿𝘁 The highly invasive zebra mussels have made it into Oregon through Marimo moss b...
03/12/2021

⚠️𝗨𝗥𝗚𝗘𝗡𝗧 𝗔𝗾𝘂𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗰 𝗜𝗻𝘃𝗮𝘀𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗦𝗽𝗲𝗰𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝗔𝗹𝗲𝗿𝘁
The highly invasive zebra mussels have made it into Oregon through Marimo moss balls, popular among aquarium hobbyists and commonly sold in pet stores. Nurseries also sell them as house plants. Unfortunately, Oregon is not alone.

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) issued a nationwide alert about the Marimo moss ball contamination. According to the USGS website, the destructive shellfish has been discovered in pet stores in at least 30 states, from Alaska to Florida. These products are sold in stores under the names Marimo moss balls, moss balls, Marimo, Cladophora balls, or lake balls.

The Columbia River basin is the only region left in in the US that is not infested with zebra mussels. Once the mussels are introduced, it is unlikely that they could be eradicated, leaving long-term impacts on not just the health of our waters, but also our critical water infrastructure (e.g. dams, hydropower, pumps, pipes, watercraft , locks, irrigation etc.) and recreation.

Oregon Sea Grant Statewide Extension Watersheds and Aquatic Invasive Species Specialist, Sam Chan, is working with the Oregon Invasive Species Council (OISC) on an evolving website to inform aquarists and hobbyists on what to do if they have Marimo moss balls and how to dispose of them.

Chan said, “The arrival of the zebra mussels through the aquarium trade is a crucial threat to Oregon's economy and environment.”

𝗛𝗢𝗪 𝗬𝗢𝗨 𝗖𝗔𝗡 𝗛𝗘𝗟𝗣
Share this post throughout your community. If you have a moss ball, destroy it by freezing or boiling it and bleaching the container it was in- do not dispose of the item down a drain or toilet or outside. Report any sightings to the Oregon Invasive Species Council at 1-866-INVADER.

To learn more: http://bit.ly/2PPm83E

#Attention #ShareThisPost #InvasiveSpecies #Scicomm #PSA #Oceanconservation #zebramussels #aquariumhobby #houseplants

⚠️ 𝗨𝗥𝗚𝗘𝗡𝗧 𝗔𝗾𝘂𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗰 𝗜𝗻𝘃𝗮𝘀𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗦𝗽𝗲𝗰𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝗔𝗹𝗲𝗿𝘁 Zebra mussel sightings have been found throughout Oregon, Washington and other ...
03/12/2021
Zebra mussels on Marimo moss balls are causing an emergency in WA

⚠️ 𝗨𝗥𝗚𝗘𝗡𝗧 𝗔𝗾𝘂𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗰 𝗜𝗻𝘃𝗮𝘀𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗦𝗽𝗲𝗰𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝗔𝗹𝗲𝗿𝘁

Zebra mussel sightings have been found throughout Oregon, Washington and other states across the US. They were first reported by a Petco employee who noticed the invasive species in moss balls that are sold for aquariums and house plants.

The Columbia River basin is the only region left in in the US that is not infested with zebra mussels. Once the mussels are introduced, it is unlikely that they could be eradicated, leaving long-term impacts on not just the health of our waters, but also our critical water infrastructure (e.g. dams, hydropower, pumps, pipes, watercraft , locks, irrigation etc.) and recreation.

"Samuel Chan, a watershed health and aquatic invasive species specialist at Oregon Sea Grant who works on cross-state invasive species issues, notes that one of the biggest infrastructure concerns is data centers, of which there are many in the basin. The centers, which are key for computer cloud storage, require massive heating and cooling systems that draw on the river. “If mussels impact the plumbing systems that provide cooling, data centers will be impacted and see pretty severe implications,” Chan says."

𝗛𝗢𝗪 𝗬𝗢𝗨 𝗖𝗔𝗡 𝗛𝗘𝗟𝗣
Share this post throughout your community. If you have a moss ball, destroy it by freezing or boiling it and bleaching the container it was in- do not dispose of the item down a drain or toilet or outside. Report any sightings to the Oregon Invasive Species Council at 1-866-INVADER.

Learn more: http://bit.ly/3tb2CwY

#Attention #ShareThisPost #InvasiveSpecies #Scicomm #PSA #Oceanconservation #zebramussels #aquariumhobby #houseplants

If the tiny mussel established itself here, it would create over $100 million worth of damage each year to dams, agriculture, salmon and more.

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1600 SW Western Blvd, Ste 350
Corvallis, OR
97333

We are located in the University Plaza office building, on the southwest corner of Western Blvd. and 15th Street, just south of the main OSU campus. Corvallis Transit System buses stop at several nearby locations.

General information

Oregon Sea Grant is part of a nationwide network of 34 Sea Grant programs under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. We are based at Oregon State University, with additional offices at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport and elsewhere on the Oregon coast.

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Monday 08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 17:00
Thursday 08:00 - 17:00
Friday 08:00 - 17:00

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(541) 737-2714

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