OSU to hold ceremony on March 15 to launch construction for new Marine Studies Building

Oregon State University will hold a ceremony on Thursday, March 15, to launch the construction of its new Marine Studies Building at OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport.

Hotspots like the Hawaiian Islands “drifted” millions of years ago, but have since settled

A new study published in Nature Communications finds the Hawaiian Island hotspot drifted millions of years ago, unlike its cousins in the Pacific Ocean.

Study finds tuna fishermen who fish along ocean fronts can significantly boost revenue

Savvy Northwest anglers have long known that when patches of warm Pacific Ocean water drift closer to shore each summer, it’s time to chase after the feisty and tasty albacore tuna. Now a new study confirms that tuna are more likely to be found in regions of the California Current System with certain oceanographic conditions – and that commercial fishermen who work those areas more frequently bring in up to three times the revenue of other tuna anglers.

Hatfield Visitor Center to partially reopen on Feb. 17

The popular Visitor Center at Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport will partially reopen on Saturday, Feb. 17.

OSU researchers hope to raise blue whale carcass from Yaquina Bay for educational display

For the past two-plus years, the carcass of a 78-foot blue whale that washed ashore near Gold Beach, Oregon, in November 2015 has been submerged in Yaquina Bay allowing nature to run its course by having scavengers clean the bones.

Special screenings of Oregon State-produced coral reef documentary offered

Oregon State University filmmakers will be offering three free special screenings of a feature-length documentary on coral reefs that they produced after spending three years traveling around the world to document the decline of coral ecosystems.

Study: Little genetic difference among Dungeness crab from California to Washington

A new study of Dungeness crab along the West Coast found strong genetic diversity throughout various sampling sites, with little genetic “differentiation” between them, meaning that crab found off the California coast are similar to those found off Oregon and Washington.

OSU-based Oregon Sea Grant to award grants to researchers in Oregon

Oregon Sea Grant, a marine research, public engagement and education program based at Oregon State University, is awarding nearly $1.1 million in competitive, federally funded research grants for 2018-20.