Ocean Events


Offshore Wind Meeting

June 4, 2020

The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), along with Oregon’s Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD), are convening a meeting of the BOEM Oregon Intergovernmental Energy Task Force to discuss potential development of wind energy off...


Mussel Seminar

June 4, 2020

Mussel wall.\Photo by Sara Schreiber.

The Hatfield Marine Science Center has shifted its usual seminar series online.  The next edition of what are now the HMSC Virtual Research Seminars is coming up on Thursday, June 4, 3:30 p.m. online.

Speaker will be Craig Norrie, a post-doctoral scholar...


Seminar on Scallops

June 5, 2020

The Oregon Institute of Marine Biology’s Spring 2020 Seminar Series has moved online.  The public is welcome to sit in through Zoom at no cost.

On Friday, June 5, the series features a 1 p.m. talk from Sally Walker, a professor of paleontolgy at the University of Georgia, on “Scallop forensics in...


Seabird Monitoring Training Online

June 6, 2020

Pelagic cormorants feeding young.\Photo by Heather Roskelley.

Despite the uncertainty caused by the coronavirus, preparations are still being made for seabird nesting colony monitoring.  On Saturday, June 6, at 10 a.m., the Friends of Cape Falcon Marine Reserve and other organizations will...


Virtual Oceans Day Event

June 8, 2020

Oregon's ocean near Waldport.\Photo by Alex Derr.

The United Nations celebrates World Oceans Day each year on June 8.  This year’s theme is “Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean.” 

On the Oregon front, the celebration will take place online.  The public is invited to join a special Oregon State...


Marine Debris Survey Training

June 10, 2020, Hammond

Starting a marine debris survey at Fort Stevens.\Photo by Jesse Jones.
Starting a marine debris survey at Fort Stevens.\Photo by Jesse Jones.

One of the locations at which CoastWatch conducts our marine debris survey is Fort Stevens State Park, just south of the Columbia’s South Jetty.  More volunteers are needed to fill out the team, headed by Oregon Shores...


Seabird Monitoring Training Online

June 13, 2020

Double-crested Cormorant at Stonefield Beach.\Photo by Molly Sultany.

Despite the uncertainty caused by the coronavirus, preparations are still being made for seabird nesting colony monitoring.  On Saturday, June 13, at 10 a.m., Portland Audubon, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and other...


Virtual Fishing Industry Tour

June 25, 2020

The Newport fishing fleet.\Photo by Sara Schreiber.

Oregon State University’s Science on Tap series, usually held at the Rogue Brewery in Newport, has moved online, so you will have to bring your own beer while enjoying presentations via Zoom.

Next up, on Thursday, June 26, 6 p.m., is Walking...

Past Events


Seminar on a Rockfish

January 23, 2020, Newport

Deacon Rockfish in its habitat in a marine reserve.\Photo courtesy of ODFW.

Leif Rasmusen, Marine Fisheries Research Program Leader for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, will speak on “Biology and ecology of the newly (relatively) described Deacon Rockfish ,” as part of the HMSC...


Humpback Whale Talk

January 18, 2020, Newport

Humpback whale breaching.\Photo by Tiffany Boothe.

Karen Lohman, a graduate student in the Cetacean Conservation and Genomics Laboratory at Oregon State University, will be speak on "Where are the breeding grounds of the West Coast's humpback whales?" as part of the American Cetacean...


Seminar on Crab Research

January 16, 2020, Newport

A crab in the hand.\Photo by Rena Olson.

Sarah Henkel, a benthic ecologist based at Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center, will speak on “Tracking Crabs: A Highly Collaborative Scientific and Law Enforcement Adventure,” as part of the HMSC Seminar Series in the Guin...


Rocky Habitat Meeting

January 16, 2020

Rocky shore habitat at low tide.\Photo courtesy of ODFW.

The Oregon Ocean Policy Advisory Council’s Rocky Habitat Working Group holds its next meeting on Thursday, Jan. 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The meeting may not actually run that long, but sufficient time has been allowed for whatever...


Talk on Ocean Water Quality

January 11, 2020, Yachats

Cape Perpetua Visitor Center.\Photo by Andre' Hagestadt.

The Winter Speaker Series at the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center hosts Briana Goodwin, Oregon field manager for the Surfrider Foundation, for a talk about beach water quality on Saturday, Jan. 11, 11 a.m. at the visitor center (2400 U.S....


Seminar on Pyrosomes

January 9, 2020, Newport

Pyrosomes washed up on the beach.\Photo by Steve Morey.

The Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC) Seminar Series is hosting a talk on a subject of great recent interest to marine scientists and beachcombers alike, the massive quantities of pyrosomes in our waters and on our beaches that...


Presentation on the Future Coast

January 8, 2020, Cannon Beach

Pat Corcoran.

The Friends of Haystack Rock will kick off the new year with a look at the coast of the future.  As part of the World of Haystack Rock lecture series, Patrick Corcoran of Oregon State University Extension will speak on “Envisioning the Coast of the Future.”  The event, free and...


Sea Otter Science Pub

December 19, 2019, Newport

Sea otter in its kelp habitat.\Photo by David Gwilliam.

The Oregon State University Science on Tap series offers a science pub experience devoted to sea otters on Thursday, Dec. 19.  To clarify, this is a science pub about sea otters, not for sea otters—all humans are welcome to this free...