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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After the West Coast groundfish industry collapsed in the late 1990s, Oregon Sea Grant helped design a program to assist...
09/11/2021

After the West Coast groundfish industry collapsed in the late 1990s, Oregon Sea Grant helped design a program to assist people in signing up for financial aid, health insurance, food stamps and job retraining. By 2004, the program had reached an estimated 1,500 people. bit.ly/3DVV5Z1 #ORSG50th

After the West Coast groundfish industry collapsed in the late 1990s, Oregon Sea Grant helped design a program to assist people in signing up for financial aid, health insurance, food stamps and job retraining. By 2004, the program had reached an estimated 1,500 people. bit.ly/3DVV5Z1 #ORSG50th

In the 1980s and 1990s, Oregon Sea Grant funded research that aimed to find a way to turn Pacific whiting into surimi, a...
09/10/2021

In the 1980s and 1990s, Oregon Sea Grant funded research that aimed to find a way to turn Pacific whiting into surimi, a paste used to make imitation crab flakes and other products (bit.ly/3BVawPr). We worked on getting processors set up, and we contributed to a 1991 report for the Oregon legislature about the feasibility of a Pacific whiting industry (bit.ly/38OxE5P). In 1992, we helped convene a meeting about harvesting, processing, marketing and quality assurance (bit.ly/3yWNIgv).

Oregon Sea Grant’s Ed Kolbe, shown here in center, helped prove that whiting protein would stand up under the processing it takes to produce surimi. #ORSG50th

In the 1980s and 1990s, Oregon Sea Grant funded research that aimed to find a way to turn Pacific whiting into surimi, a paste used to make imitation crab flakes and other products (bit.ly/3BVawPr). We worked on getting processors set up, and we contributed to a 1991 report for the Oregon legislature about the feasibility of a Pacific whiting industry (bit.ly/38OxE5P). In 1992, we helped convene a meeting about harvesting, processing, marketing and quality assurance (bit.ly/3yWNIgv).

Oregon Sea Grant’s Ed Kolbe, shown here in center, helped prove that whiting protein would stand up under the processing it takes to produce surimi. #ORSG50th

With Pacific salmon on the decline, Oregon Sea Grant funded research in the 1970s and 1980s on their reproduction (bit.l...
09/09/2021

With Pacific salmon on the decline, Oregon Sea Grant funded research in the 1970s and 1980s on their reproduction (bit.ly/3DV0Kyw), distribution (bit.ly/3h9frnY), predators (bit.ly/2WV0q1Y), and viral (bit.ly/3kXdpsd) and parasitic (bit.ly/3kT8R5W) diseases.

In the late 1990s, we began funding nearly a decade of research in the Salmon River Estuary that pioneered concepts for evaluating how salmon respond to restored wetlands (bit.ly/3BMH8uB).

In 2004 (bit.ly/3DTM1Uz) and 2005 (bit.ly/3n7mOzY), we published reports on how tide gates affect salmon and other fish, and in 2006 we co-sponsored a symposium on the topic (bit.ly/3h97aQN).

After restrictions were imposed on salmon fishing off Oregon and California in 2006 to protect Klamath River chinook, we teamed up with Oregon fishermen to collect genetic samples from salmon in the ocean to determine their river of origin (bit.ly/3kYmQYu).

In this 2010 photo, Western Oregon University biologist Karen Haberman (center) and students collect insects and other invertebrates in the Salmon River Estuary as part of a study we funded. #ORSG50th

With Pacific salmon on the decline, Oregon Sea Grant funded research in the 1970s and 1980s on their reproduction (bit.ly/3DV0Kyw), distribution (bit.ly/3h9frnY), predators (bit.ly/2WV0q1Y), and viral (bit.ly/3kXdpsd) and parasitic (bit.ly/3kT8R5W) diseases.

In the late 1990s, we began funding nearly a decade of research in the Salmon River Estuary that pioneered concepts for evaluating how salmon respond to restored wetlands (bit.ly/3BMH8uB).

In 2004 (bit.ly/3DTM1Uz) and 2005 (bit.ly/3n7mOzY), we published reports on how tide gates affect salmon and other fish, and in 2006 we co-sponsored a symposium on the topic (bit.ly/3h97aQN).

After restrictions were imposed on salmon fishing off Oregon and California in 2006 to protect Klamath River chinook, we teamed up with Oregon fishermen to collect genetic samples from salmon in the ocean to determine their river of origin (bit.ly/3kYmQYu).

In this 2010 photo, Western Oregon University biologist Karen Haberman (center) and students collect insects and other invertebrates in the Salmon River Estuary as part of a study we funded. #ORSG50th

Are you familiar with Whale Watching Spoken Here? In 1978, Oregon Sea Grant’s Don Giles created the popular program, whi...
09/08/2021

Are you familiar with Whale Watching Spoken Here? In 1978, Oregon Sea Grant’s Don Giles created the popular program, which enlists a cadre of volunteers to help visitors spot whales. Today it’s run by Oregon State Parks. Check out this 1999 training manual (bit.ly/38K25dd) for volunteers that’s full of facts about whales. #ORSG50th

Are you familiar with Whale Watching Spoken Here? In 1978, Oregon Sea Grant’s Don Giles created the popular program, which enlists a cadre of volunteers to help visitors spot whales. Today it’s run by Oregon State Parks. Check out this 1999 training manual (bit.ly/38K25dd) for volunteers that’s full of facts about whales. #ORSG50th

We are delighted to welcome Connie Sullivan to the Oregon Sea Grant family. Connie starts today as the coordinator of ou...
09/07/2021

We are delighted to welcome Connie Sullivan to the Oregon Sea Grant family. Connie starts today as the coordinator of our boater outreach program. She will be based at the office for the Lincoln County Extension Service, Oregon State University.

As part of her duties, she will educate recreational boaters about proper disposal of their sewage and where to find facilities to do so. This full-time position is funded through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Clean Vessel Act program in partnership with the Oregon State Marine Board.

From 2015-18, Connie was a science and education coordinator for the Puget Soundkeeper Alliance where she worked with marina managers and staff to prevent pollution. In 2012-13 she was a Washington Sea Grant Hershman Fellow at the Puget Sound Partnership where she taught boaters how to use a pumpout adapter system. She has a master's degree in marine affairs from the University of Washington and a master's in marine science from the College of William and Mary.

We are delighted to welcome Connie Sullivan to the Oregon Sea Grant family. Connie starts today as the coordinator of our boater outreach program. She will be based at the office for the Lincoln County Extension Service, Oregon State University.

As part of her duties, she will educate recreational boaters about proper disposal of their sewage and where to find facilities to do so. This full-time position is funded through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Clean Vessel Act program in partnership with the Oregon State Marine Board.

From 2015-18, Connie was a science and education coordinator for the Puget Soundkeeper Alliance where she worked with marina managers and staff to prevent pollution. In 2012-13 she was a Washington Sea Grant Hershman Fellow at the Puget Sound Partnership where she taught boaters how to use a pumpout adapter system. She has a master's degree in marine affairs from the University of Washington and a master's in marine science from the College of William and Mary.

Show of hands from anyone who ever attended Seatauqua. Remember the talks, nature walks, workshops and films? In the ear...
09/07/2021

Show of hands from anyone who ever attended Seatauqua. Remember the talks, nature walks, workshops and films? In the early 1970s, Oregon Sea Grant’s Don Giles led the creation of what began as an annual summer program to educate the public about the marine and coastal environment.

Pictured here is John Byrne leading a Seatauqua bus trip in the 1970s. Byrne is a retired president of Oregon State University and a former director of what is now called the OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center. #ORSG50th

Show of hands from anyone who ever attended Seatauqua. Remember the talks, nature walks, workshops and films? In the early 1970s, Oregon Sea Grant’s Don Giles led the creation of what began as an annual summer program to educate the public about the marine and coastal environment.

Pictured here is John Byrne leading a Seatauqua bus trip in the 1970s. Byrne is a retired president of Oregon State University and a former director of what is now called the OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center. #ORSG50th

Since the 1970s, Oregon Sea Grant has been helping teachers bring marine science into their classrooms. Today, not only ...
09/06/2021

Since the 1970s, Oregon Sea Grant has been helping teachers bring marine science into their classrooms. Today, not only do we provide professional development opportunities for educators, but we also offer career days for kids, day camps in the summer, and hands-on activities for home-schoolers. And every year we coordinate a renewable energy contest in which students show off devices they built that are powered by water, wind or light. bit.ly/2Kkj9v1

Pictured here are teachers showing off the results of one of our early marine science curriculum workshops led by Vicki Osis. #ORSG50th

Since the 1970s, Oregon Sea Grant has been helping teachers bring marine science into their classrooms. Today, not only do we provide professional development opportunities for educators, but we also offer career days for kids, day camps in the summer, and hands-on activities for home-schoolers. And every year we coordinate a renewable energy contest in which students show off devices they built that are powered by water, wind or light. bit.ly/2Kkj9v1

Pictured here are teachers showing off the results of one of our early marine science curriculum workshops led by Vicki Osis. #ORSG50th

Oregon’s pink shrimp industry has evolved over the years, and Oregon Sea Grant has supported it along the way. In the 19...
09/05/2021

Oregon’s pink shrimp industry has evolved over the years, and Oregon Sea Grant has supported it along the way. In the 1970s, we funded research that determined the best spray rate (bit.ly/3kSZXWf) to cool the harvested shrimp and that analyzed the economic costs and benefits (bit.ly/3jH3444) of using machinery to process them. More recently, we’ve funded research to learn how ocean acidification and warmer water might affect young pink shrimp.

In this photo from the 1970s, workers handle shrimp at a processor in Depoe Bay. #ORSG50th

Oregon’s pink shrimp industry has evolved over the years, and Oregon Sea Grant has supported it along the way. In the 1970s, we funded research that determined the best spray rate (bit.ly/3kSZXWf) to cool the harvested shrimp and that analyzed the economic costs and benefits (bit.ly/3jH3444) of using machinery to process them. More recently, we’ve funded research to learn how ocean acidification and warmer water might affect young pink shrimp.

In this photo from the 1970s, workers handle shrimp at a processor in Depoe Bay. #ORSG50th

Early on, Oregon Sea Grant’s Bob Jacobson prioritized fishermen’s safety. In the 1970s, he helped the fleet obtain hundr...
09/04/2021
Putting on a Survival Suit

Early on, Oregon Sea Grant’s Bob Jacobson prioritized fishermen’s safety. In the 1970s, he helped the fleet obtain hundreds of neoprene survival suits. Today we’re teaching fishermen first aid. bit.ly/3jKSkzP

In this 2011 instructional video, Kaety Jacobson (then Hildenbrand) and Ruby Moon, both formerly with Oregon Sea Grant, teach viewers how to put on the survival suits, and then race to do it one minute. Check it out and see how they did. #ORSG50th

Immersion suits, also called survival suits, have helped saved hundreds of lives, largely because they provide protection from hypothermia. However, the prot...

Congratulations to Michelle Baotran Nguyen! She successfully defended her master's thesis today. Michelle studied how oc...
09/03/2021

Congratulations to Michelle Baotran Nguyen! She successfully defended her master's thesis today. Michelle studied how ocean acidification and warmer water might affect the growth of young pink shrimp off the Oregon coast. Oregon Sea Grant funded her research. Michelle is a graduate student in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences - Oregon State University. Learn more about her and her work at bit.ly/2ZB1vL9.

Congratulations to Michelle Baotran Nguyen! She successfully defended her master's thesis today. Michelle studied how ocean acidification and warmer water might affect the growth of young pink shrimp off the Oregon coast. Oregon Sea Grant funded her research. Michelle is a graduate student in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences - Oregon State University. Learn more about her and her work at bit.ly/2ZB1vL9.

In 1967, Bob Jacobson, a 1963 Oregon State University graduate (and Beavers basketball star), was hired as a marine Exte...
09/03/2021

In 1967, Bob Jacobson, a 1963 Oregon State University graduate (and Beavers basketball star), was hired as a marine Extension agent, a job he held until his retirement in 1995. “What they told me when they hired me was that ‘You are an agricultural agent in hip boots,’” Bob recalled in a 2008 oral history interview.

Early in his tenure, Bob covered the coast from Astoria to Brookings, getting to know fishermen, seafood processors, port commission folks and others, asking them, “What is it that I can do for you?” After he retired in 1995, he was replaced by Ginny Goblirsch. Bob’s daughter Kaety, a 2003 OSU graduate, later held the position until January 2019, when she became a commissioner of Lincoln County.

You can listen to the 2008 interview – or read the transcript – at bit.ly/3thEkTd. A 2015 interview with Kaety and Bob is at bit.ly/3h0mgrO.

In this photo, Bob (right) meets with fishermen early in his long career. #ORSG50th

In 1967, Bob Jacobson, a 1963 Oregon State University graduate (and Beavers basketball star), was hired as a marine Extension agent, a job he held until his retirement in 1995. “What they told me when they hired me was that ‘You are an agricultural agent in hip boots,’” Bob recalled in a 2008 oral history interview.

Early in his tenure, Bob covered the coast from Astoria to Brookings, getting to know fishermen, seafood processors, port commission folks and others, asking them, “What is it that I can do for you?” After he retired in 1995, he was replaced by Ginny Goblirsch. Bob’s daughter Kaety, a 2003 OSU graduate, later held the position until January 2019, when she became a commissioner of Lincoln County.

You can listen to the 2008 interview – or read the transcript – at bit.ly/3thEkTd. A 2015 interview with Kaety and Bob is at bit.ly/3h0mgrO.

In this photo, Bob (right) meets with fishermen early in his long career. #ORSG50th

Bill Wick served as the first director of Oregon Sea Grant from 1973 until his retirement in 1990. Born in Wisconsin in ...
09/02/2021

Bill Wick served as the first director of Oregon Sea Grant from 1973 until his retirement in 1990. Born in Wisconsin in 1927, Bill came to Oregon State University to study fish and game management. He earned a bachelor’s degree in 1950 and a master’s in 1952. He was first employed by OSU in 1960 as an agent with OSU Extension Service Tillamook County and later worked at OSU’s marine science center in Newport. The Valley Library at OSU houses a 1966-89 collection of his speeches, journal articles, correspondence with colleagues and congressional testimony. bit.ly/2Yg8Q4p #ORSG50th

Bill Wick served as the first director of Oregon Sea Grant from 1973 until his retirement in 1990. Born in Wisconsin in 1927, Bill came to Oregon State University to study fish and game management. He earned a bachelor’s degree in 1950 and a master’s in 1952. He was first employed by OSU in 1960 as an agent with OSU Extension Service Tillamook County and later worked at OSU’s marine science center in Newport. The Valley Library at OSU houses a 1966-89 collection of his speeches, journal articles, correspondence with colleagues and congressional testimony. bit.ly/2Yg8Q4p #ORSG50th

Over the next 30 days, we’ll be taking a stroll down memory lane as we commemorate Oregon Sea Grant’s 50th anniversary, ...
09/01/2021

Over the next 30 days, we’ll be taking a stroll down memory lane as we commemorate Oregon Sea Grant’s 50th anniversary, which occurs this month. Join us as we look back at some of the faces of Oregon Sea Grant and the research, public outreach and K-12 education we’ve supported over the years.

Pictured here is U.S. Commerce Secretary Maurice Stans (right) handing Oregon State University President Robert MacVicar a certificate designating OSU a Sea Grant college in 1971. #ORSG50th

Over the next 30 days, we’ll be taking a stroll down memory lane as we commemorate Oregon Sea Grant’s 50th anniversary, which occurs this month. Join us as we look back at some of the faces of Oregon Sea Grant and the research, public outreach and K-12 education we’ve supported over the years.

Pictured here is U.S. Commerce Secretary Maurice Stans (right) handing Oregon State University President Robert MacVicar a certificate designating OSU a Sea Grant college in 1971. #ORSG50th

08/30/2021

The octopus awaits you at Oregon Sea Grant's Hatfield Marine Science Center Visitor Center. 🐙

If a tree gets socked by a tsunami and no one is around to see it, does it still grow the same? Researchers now have the...
08/23/2021

If a tree gets socked by a tsunami and no one is around to see it, does it still grow the same? Researchers now have the answer. beav.es/3tR

If a tree gets socked by a tsunami and no one is around to see it, does it still grow the same? Researchers now have the answer. beav.es/3tR

Please join us in congratulating Oregon Sea Grant's director, Shelby Walker, on her new job at the National Science Foun...
08/20/2021

Please join us in congratulating Oregon Sea Grant's director, Shelby Walker, on her new job at the National Science Foundation (NSF). Shelby, who started at Oregon Sea Grant in 2014, will become the senior adviser for facilities planning and management for the NSF's Geosciences directorate on Sept. 26. At that time, Dave Hansen, will become Oregon Sea Grant's interim director. Dave was named the leader of Oregon Sea Grant's Extension program in 2010.

Bob Cowen, the director of the OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center, will chair a national search for a permanent replacement.

Please join us in thanking Shelby for her leadership, and welcoming Dave to his new position.

Timeline Photos
08/17/2021

Timeline Photos

2021 Oregon Sea Grant Knauss fellow, Lu Wang, adapted a mindset early on in her fellowship to say “yes” to every opportunity, including going to sea. 🛳️🌊

Read how 2.5 weeks on NOAA Ship #Okeanos with @oceanexplorer broadened Lu’s personal and professional horizons: bit.ly/wang-knauss-blog

📷: Lu Wang securing equipment on board NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer as part of the effort to calibrate the ship’s fisheries sonars. Image courtesy of Erin Heffron, University of New Hampshire Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping/Joint Hydrographic Center.

#SeaGrant #KnaussFellows #KnaussFellowship #ProfessionalDevelopment #Okeanos #DeepSea #Ocean #MariceScience #Careers #Edcuation #Policy #Oregon #FellowFriday #Knaus2021 #Knauss

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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 8am - 5pm
Tuesday 8am - 5pm
Wednesday 8am - 5pm
Thursday 8am - 5pm
Friday 8am - 5pm

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(541) 737-2714

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Based at Oregon State University since 1971, we fund research, outreach, scholarships and K-12 education. We also run the public education wing at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport.

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