Coastal and Marine Issues

Extension educates Oregonians to prepare for Cascadia Earthquake

Scientists predict there is about a 37% chance that an earthquake of at least 8.0 magnitude will strike off the Pacific Northwest coast in the next 50 years. When it occurs, the historic temblor will cause widespread ...

Sea Grant Extension engages chefs and retailers on quality, benefits and hurdles of frozen seafood

There is a long-standing perception that the quality of frozen seafood is inferior to fresh seafood, although frozen seafood provides many benefits over fresh, including longer shelf life, a lower transportation carbon footprint and...

Sea Grant Extension supports creation of award-winning ocean acidification curriculum

Ocean acidification is the change in ocean chemistry due to increasing concentrations of human-created carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. One result of an increase in carbon dioxide absorbed by the ocean is carbonate, used for ...

'Eat Oregon Seafood' campaign promotes industry impacted by pandemic

Although Oregon’s restaurants re-opened in the summer of 2020 – with social distancing and indoor face covering measures – earlier mandatory statewide closures due to COVID-19 sent Oregon’s $700 million seafood industry ...

Sea Grant Extension documents whale movements to mitigate entanglements

Entanglements of blue, humpback and gray whales in fixed fishing gear along the U.S. West Coast have been on the rise for the past five years, often exceeding biologically sustainable levels under the Endangered Species Act and...

Sea Grant Extension helps improve understanding of Astoria’s commercial fishing industry

The city of Astoria in Clatsop County has a diverse fishing industry and is one of the top 10 landing ports in the United States. However, local business leaders, decision-makers and elected officials aren’t always aware of ...

Sea Grant Extension helps create, update a plan to prevent marine debris

Marine debris is solid, persistent material that has been manufactured or processed and then intentionally or unintentionally abandoned or discarded into the marine environment. The complex, global problem of marine debris causes ...

Sea Grant Extension teaches coastal employees to educate customers about tsunami preparedness

Scientists predict there is about a 37% chance that an earthquake of at least 8.0 magnitude will strike off the Pacific Northwest coast in the next 50 years. The Oregon State University Extension Service is playing a critical...

OSU researchers gather data on threatened seabird

The marbled murrelet — a small seabird native to the North Pacific — is considered a flagship species for healthy ecosystems because it is one of the only birds in the world that gets all of its food from the marine...

Oregon Sea Grant Extension helps create blood panel to identify sick sea stars

One of the basic tenets of medicine with any species is understanding what is normal. When sea star wasting syndrome, which causes limbs to fall off of sea stars, emerged along the Pacific Northwest in 2013, scientists ...