Oregon Sea Grant

Oregon Sea Grant Science serving Oregon's coast
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Oregon Sea Grant develops and supports research, outreach, and education that help people understand, rationally use, and conserve ocean and coastal resources. A NOAA program, we are based at Oregon State University.

Mission: "We apply the best available science to timely and important marine issues, and engage with coastal stakeholders to help them reach informed decisions. We support scientific excellence and innovation, foster new generations of marine scientists and encourage ocean science literacy among people of all ages."

07/16/2020
Oregon Sea Grant Aquarists Release Octopus into Yaquina Bay

Oregon Sea Grant's aquarists released our giant Pacific octopus into Yaquina Bay this week. She had been in a tank at our Hatfield Marine Science Center Visitor Center. We keep the octopuses on exhibit until they appear to be approaching the end of their lives, at which time they are ready to reproduce. We release the octopuses so they can do that in the wild. Octopuses reproduce only once in their lives.

OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center, Aquatic Animal Health Program

Oregon Sea Grant's aquarists released a giant Pacific octopus into Yaquina Bay on July 14, 2020. The octopus, known as GPO 19-02, had been in a tank at the p...

07/15/2020
Oregon State Marine Board

Way to go, Oregon boaters! Oregon Sea Grant's Jenny East is a part of these efforts to keep the waterways clean. She's featured in our video below.

Over the past year, boaters and anglers have kept an estimated 443,000 gallons of waste out of Oregon’s waterways by using pumpouts and portable toilet dump stations.

Located on guest and fuel docks, boaters can access FREE pumpout stations for waste disposal. When the pump is on, it creates a vacuum that pulls waste from the holding tank. Pumpout stations are connected to pipes under the dock that leads to municipal sewer or septic systems.

This equipment is available thanks to partnerships between the USFWS Sport Fish Restoration Program, Oregon State Marine Board, and facility managers across the state and the Clean Vessel Act (CVA) grant program.

Which pumpout station do you use the most? Where would you like to see a pumpout installed?

To learn more and see the map of waste disposal facilities located in Oregon, visit https://www.oregon.gov/osmb/boating-facilities/Pages/Pumpout-and-Dump-Stations.aspx.

Check out this PSA on pumping out a boat's holding tank:
https://youtu.be/1pBM86scUbQ

Submersive. Ha! 😂 Oregon Sea Grant's aquarists look like the aquatic version of U2's Joshua Tree album cover. Or maybe T...
07/14/2020

Submersive. Ha! 😂 Oregon Sea Grant's aquarists look like the aquatic version of U2's Joshua Tree album cover. Or maybe The Cranberries?

Coming soon!! The latest submersive song stylings of The Essentials.

Oh, and our dedicated aquarist staff reports that this morning's release of our giant pacific octopus went swimmingly! Stay tuned to meet the new occupant of The Octopus' Lair at HMSC.

Innovative research indeed. But what we find more extraordinary is this rare sighting of Oregon Sea Grant's aquarist Sid...
07/14/2020

Innovative research indeed. But what we find more extraordinary is this rare sighting of Oregon Sea Grant's aquarist Sid Stetson. It does appear that this reclusive species is trying to hide behind an octopus tentacle in his native habitat at our Hatfield Marine Science Center Visitor Center.

On the research front within the AAHP....

07/14/2020
Small shark seen off of the coast of Newport, Oregon while kayak fishing

Happy #SharkandRayAwarenessDay! The Oregon coast is home to a variety of shark species, large and small, thanks in part to the abundance and diversity of food that can be found in our cold waters.

Who knows what shark species gave this kayaker a visit while fishing off Newport in about 150 ft. of water this past weekend? Wait until the end to see what prompted the visit 🐟

A new Oregon State University study suggests that Caspian terns feeding on young fish have a significant impact on runs ...
07/14/2020

A new Oregon State University study suggests that Caspian terns feeding on young fish have a significant impact on runs of steelhead in the Columbia River.

Scientists analyzed steelhead survival and Caspian tern predation rates and found that the birds are not only preying on fish that would perish for some other reason, but are adding to the annual death toll by eating steelhead smolts that would have survived without tern pressure.

OSU researcher, Daniel Roby, explained that the "primary value of the study is by analyzing the true effects of natural predators on populations of their prey, and thereby assessing the conservation value to prey of managing predators.”

Yesterday was the last painting on exhibit for the Hatfield Marine Science Center Visitor Center octopus. Our aquarist t...
07/14/2020

Yesterday was the last painting on exhibit for the Hatfield Marine Science Center Visitor Center octopus. Our aquarist team will be releasing her back into the ocean later this week.

Although bittersweet, we usually only keep octopuses on exhibit for a few months until they show signs of senescence (old age). The painting on exhibit activity is just one of many ways we provide enrichment for these animals during their stay at the Visitor Center.

07/13/2020
Earth Eats

Meet Sara Skamser. Net maker extraordinaire. She has made sustainability-driven design innovations her calling card. bit.ly/3erBe5Y

Seafood Oregon, Oregon Sea Grant Fisheries Extension

Sara Skamser had all the skills, but gender discrimination kept her from landing a job on a commercial fishing boat. Now she makes coveted industrial fishing nets. Hear the story this week on Earth Eats. Tune in on WFIU2 tonight at 7:30 and Saturday morning at 7:30 on WFIU.

500 pounds and 8 feet long?! Wow!
07/13/2020

500 pounds and 8 feet long?! Wow!

Join us for some fun halibut facts!

Stay tuned for results of the second round of voluntary, door-to-door testing for COVID-19 in Newport.Lincoln County Ext...
07/13/2020

Stay tuned for results of the second round of voluntary, door-to-door testing for COVID-19 in Newport.

Lincoln County Extension Service, Oregon State University

OSU TRACE was back for a second weekend of prevalence testing in Newport. The breezeway outside Hatfield’s Guin Library buzzed with the eager voices of volunteers receiving their neighborhood sampling maps and the parking lot was an impressive sight with 30 white OSU motor pool vans filling every space.

Results from this weekends test will provide public health officials data that will let them know if community efforts to curtail the spread of COVID are working.

Hatfield Marine Science Center Visitor Center
07/11/2020

Hatfield Marine Science Center Visitor Center

Our awesome resident octopus has been with us for quite some time. We plan to release her back to the ocean soon. Check out the OctoCam at 1:00 p.m. this Saturday and Monday for her last octopus feedings while on exhibit!
https://seagrant.oregonstate.edu/visitor-center/exhibits/octocam

Oregon Sea Grant's Adriene Koett-Cronn, Amanda Gladics, Angee Doerr and Jamie Doyle were involved with creating the Eat ...
07/11/2020
Oregon State University Extension Service

Oregon Sea Grant's Adriene Koett-Cronn, Amanda Gladics, Angee Doerr and Jamie Doyle were involved with creating the Eat Oregon Seafood section on our website.

The majority of the seafood that Oregonians eat is served in restaurants, so the sharp decrease in seafood sales between March and May significantly impacted the state’s marine commercial fishing operations, from Brookings to Astoria.

To relieve some of the industry’s economic pain, Oregon Sea Grant fisheries specialists partnered with the Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon seafood industry on an initiative called Eat Oregon Seafood.

They created a webpage and a promotional campaign on social media that features the hashtag #EatOregonSeafood.

The Beaver Caucus
Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission
Oregon Salmon Commission
Oregon Albacore Commission
Seafood Oregon
Fort George Brewery

Registration is open for our July 20-23 virtual marine science camp, which has an optional tide pool activity.
07/10/2020

Registration is open for our July 20-23 virtual marine science camp, which has an optional tide pool activity.

Know a high school student (age 15-18) that is fascinated by marine science and/or interested in pursuing a career in the field? Oregon Sea Grant’s marine science-themed virtual/hybrid day camp July 20-23 is the perfect opportunity to learn from marine science professionals and engage in interactive, hands-on ‘camp in a box’ activities. Participants will learn first-hand how marine mammal researchers use drones to learn more about whale ecology, how marine technology is used to explore and characterize nearshore and deep-sea habitats, how cutting-edge technology is used to learn more about plankton communities in the ocean, and more! Campers will also have the option to join for a socially distanced, in-person tide pool activity on the last day of camp. Pre-registration is required and must be completed by THIS Sunday, (7/12)! Learn more and register now: https://beav.es/4Fi.

(Photos Courtesy of Oregon Sea Grant)

Oregon Sea Grant's summer camps for kids ages 8-18 are going virtual -- with optional in-person activities at Seal Rock ...
07/09/2020
Summer Day Camps

Oregon Sea Grant's summer camps for kids ages 8-18 are going virtual -- with optional in-person activities at Seal Rock State Recreation Site and South Beach State Park. Dates are July 20-23, July 27-30, Aug. 3-6 and Aug. 10-13. Registration is now open.

Oregon State Parks, Oregon Coast STEM Hub, STEM at Sea-Oregon

Oregon Sea Grant hosts a number of summer day camps for youth 8 to 18 years old with themes that range from marine technology to marine mammals. Campers interact with researchers and learn about the marine environment through hands-on programs and field trips.

Oregon Sea Grant's Jenny East is a part of these efforts to educate boaters about the locations of waste disposal facili...
07/08/2020

Oregon Sea Grant's Jenny East is a part of these efforts to educate boaters about the locations of waste disposal facilities and to help technicians maintain them. 🛥

"When “nature calls,” Oregon boaters have access to different facilities to keep waste out of our waterways.

Free holding tank pumpouts, porta-potty dump stations, and floating restrooms are available, thanks to the Clean Vessel Act (CVA) national grant program and partnerships between the USFWS Sport Fish Restoration Program, Oregon State Marine Board, and facility managers across the state.

We will be sharing info about the CVA program each Wednesday in July and August as part of “Waste Management Wednesdays.”

Head to www.boatoregon.com to learn more and see the map of waste disposal facilities located across the state.

Meet Kylee Church, one of this summer's participants in our internship program that helps businesses prevent pollution, ...
07/08/2020

Meet Kylee Church, one of this summer's participants in our internship program that helps businesses prevent pollution, reduce waste, conserve energy and save money. Learn about the internships at seagrant.oregonstate.edu/OASE.

The students in the Oregon Applied Sustainability Experience have begun their summer #internships. OASE is a collaboration between DEQ and Oregon Sea Grant to place students in paid internships with Oregon businesses. Students will conduct research on integrating green chemistry into product design, pollution prevention, GHG reduction and energy efficiency projects.

Today, we introduce you to Kylee Church, who is majoring in Environmental Science & Management at Portland State University. As an OASE Intern, she is working with Providence Portland Medical Center to reduce environmental and financial impacts through the implementation of a linen management program. #OASEIntern #sustainability

We interrupt your news feed to bring you this important PSA from Bridget the Kitten on this #WaterSafetyWednesday. 🚣‍♀️🐱
07/08/2020

We interrupt your news feed to bring you this important PSA from Bridget the Kitten on this #WaterSafetyWednesday. 🚣‍♀️🐱

If a kitten can do it, so can you!

Wearing a life jacket could save your...well, life. (What can we say? It's in the name.)

Especially with many public pools closed to help limit the spread of #COVID19, visitor safety at Corps lakes is paramount.

Corps swimming areas don't have lifeguards. So if you visit one of our recreation sites, please bring a life jacket with you, and please #wearit.

This message brought to you by Bridget the Kitten 🐱🐾

#WaterSafetyWednesday Please Wear It

Second round of door-to-door, voluntary nasal swab testing for COVID-19 to take place in Newport July 11-12. Meanwhile, ...
07/06/2020
Oregon State University adds second week of coronavirus prevalence sampling in Newport

Second round of door-to-door, voluntary nasal swab testing for COVID-19 to take place in Newport July 11-12.

Meanwhile, sewage from Newport's wastewater plant collected June 10-12 and June 17-19 showed "a strong signal of SARS-CoV-2," said Tyler Radniecki of the College of Engineering - Oregon State University. Sewage collected in Yachats and Depoe Bay June 5-7 and June 10 showed no evidence of coronavirus.

Lincoln County Extension Service, Oregon State University, Newport Fishermen's Wives, Lincoln County Oregon Public Health, College of Science, Oregon State University, College of Public Health & Human Sciences - Oregon State University, Oregon State University Extension Service, College of Agricultural Sciences - Oregon State University, Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine - Oregon State University, Oregon State University Foundation, Oregon State University Alumni Association (OSUAA), OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center

NEWPORT, Ore. – TRACE-COVID-19, the groundbreaking Oregon State University project to determine community prevalence of the novel coronavirus, will return to Newport for two more days of sampling this weekend, July 11-12. The second round of door-to-door sampling in Newport follows a community pre...

Congratulations to Brian Erickson, a doctoral candidate in the College of Agricultural Sciences - Oregon State Universit...
07/06/2020

Congratulations to Brian Erickson, a doctoral candidate in the College of Agricultural Sciences - Oregon State University, and Tracy Crews, who manages Oregon Sea Grant's marine education program. 👏They won an award of excellence from APEX for their 141-page high school curriculum on ocean acidification: bit.ly/2O34Pbb.

When he wrote the lesson plans, Brian was a master's student in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences - Oregon State University. Tracy was his adviser. Oregon Sea Grant edited the publication and funded the layout.

STEM at Sea-Oregon, Oregon Coast STEM Hub

Imagine painting with eight arms. That's exactly what our octopus does at Oregon Sea Grant's Hatfield Marine Science Cen...
07/06/2020

Imagine painting with eight arms. That's exactly what our octopus does at Oregon Sea Grant's Hatfield Marine Science Center Visitor Center. On Mondays, our aquarists place food inside her Mr. Potato Head toy, which is attached to pulleys and paintbrushes. When she plays with the toy, the brushes move over a canvas. Here are a few of her works of art. She is creating quite the collection!

Aquatic Animal Health Program

Here's a sneak peak at the new crustacean exhibit Oregon Sea Grant is building at our Hatfield Marine Science Center Vis...
07/06/2020

Here's a sneak peak at the new crustacean exhibit Oregon Sea Grant is building at our Hatfield Marine Science Center Visitor Center in Newport. We're closed now, but we can't wait for you to see it once we reopen.

Aquatic Animal Health Program

Oregon Sea Grant's marine ed "camp" dates for kids ages 8-18 are July 20-23, July 27-30, Aug. 3-6 and Aug. 10-13. Regist...
07/06/2020

Oregon Sea Grant's marine ed "camp" dates for kids ages 8-18 are July 20-23, July 27-30, Aug. 3-6 and Aug. 10-13. Registration is now open.

Register Now - HMSC Virtual/Hybrid Day Camps!

Is your child looking for interactive, fun, marine-science themed activities to participate in this summer? Do you want the ability to bring the ocean to the comfort of your own home? Now is your chance! Oregon Sea Grant Marine Education is offering virtual/hybrid summer day camps for students ages 8-18. Participants will connect virtually with marine researchers and hear about pressing ocean topics, how data is collected, and what we learn from it. Students will engage in related virtual activities with educators and then have the chance to continue hands-on learning via a ‘camp in a box’ sent to your home. Campers also have the option to register for an additional interactive, socially-distanced session at the coast where they will participate in an exciting tide pool or beach activity!!

Don’t delay, register today! Cost is $60 for virtual only and $75 for the hybrid (virtual + activity at the coast). Pre-registration is required. Learn more and register: https://beav.es/4Fi.

Some literal beach reads -- but for the kids. Whales, salmon and a salty fella who writes passive-aggressive messages in...
07/03/2020
A New Wave of Coastal Kids’ Books to Dive into This Summer | Hakai Magazine

Some literal beach reads -- but for the kids. Whales, salmon and a salty fella who writes passive-aggressive messages in the sand are a few of the characters in these new coastal-themed children's books.

STEM at Sea-Oregon, Oregon Coast STEM Hub

This season’s selections feature superstar killer whales and some long-overdue diverse characters.

Oregon Sea Grant's Hatfield Marine Science Center Visitor Center is closed, but work on our latest exhibit continues. It...
07/03/2020

Oregon Sea Grant's Hatfield Marine Science Center Visitor Center is closed, but work on our latest exhibit continues. It'll be a virtual reality simulator of what it's like to be in the research ship known as the Taani, which is under construction in Louisiana. Here's a look at the graphics that were just hung on the wall.

Good news! The #rcrv simulator exhibit now has explanatory panels! They look fabulous, and we at the RCRV program can't wait to share them (and the simulator) with everyone when it is safe to do so. It's always fun to have things to look forward to, right?

#rvtaani #nsffunded #outreach #gobeavs

Well, this is cool. Hours of entertainment for the kids. 🦈
07/02/2020

Well, this is cool. Hours of entertainment for the kids. 🦈

Download this FREE coloring book to discover the #sharks and #rays of the NOAA Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. This #NOAAResourceOfTheDay has species descriptions, samples of natural colors, a matching activity, and 11x17 coloring poster!https://nmssanctuaries.blob.core.windows.net/sanctuaries-prod/media/docs/2020624-shark-coloring-book.pdf

NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries NOAA Ocean Today National Ocean Service NOAA Teacher at Sea Program

07/02/2020
Oregon Zoo

Us on the Fourth of July as the shrimp come off the grill. 🦐🦐🦐

Sometimes Juno sits like Pooh Bear when she eats shrimp.

Oregon Sea Grant's Summer Scholars haven't been at their internships long, but they've hit the ground running. They've b...
07/02/2020

Oregon Sea Grant's Summer Scholars haven't been at their internships long, but they've hit the ground running. They've been busy planning an annual meeting, analyzing water chemistry data for Tillamook Bay, helping estimate eelgrass populations, creating plant identification guides for nature trails and planning educational summer camps for kids. Read about their work in the first five blog posts at blogs.oregonstate.edu/seagrantscholars.

Learn about our paid, 10-week Summer Scholars internships at bit.ly/2L2WCDK.

Pictured here: Intern Lucas Parvin monitors the quality of the water in the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve.

Address

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.

Opening Hours

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

Telephone

(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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