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Hatfield Marine Science Center

Hatfield Marine Science Center

Published: Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:52:08 PST

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DNA suggests whale meat from sushi restaurants originated from Japan

Tue, 18 May 2010 00:00:00 PDT

An international team of Oregon State University scientists, documentary filmmakers and environmental advocates has uncovered an apparent illegal trade in whalemeat, linking whales killed in Japan's controversial scientific whaling program to sushi restaurants in Seoul, South Korea, and Los Angeles, Calif.

Freeing Willy: OSU-led team uses novel cage to disentangle sea lion

Mon, 19 Apr 2010 00:00:00 PDT

(image) Less than one month after deploying a "capture cage" in an experimental effort to catch and rescue sea lions caught in man-made debris, a team led by Oregon State University used the floating enclosure to confine and free an adolescent California sea lion from a plastic packing band that had been caught around its neck for more than a year.

Nature Events Abound on Central Oregon Coast

Fri, 19 Mar 2010 00:00:00 PDT

The Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport has much going on in the spring for the naturalist or science enthusiast. Birding events abound in March, while March and April feature a small tsunami of ocean and nature science lectures. Some cover the wild geology of Oregon and the northwest, while others cover fish and oceanic matters.

HMSC volunteers blogging on NOAA research cruise

Fri, 19 Mar 2010 00:00:00 PDT

Two volunteers at Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center have cast off for a six-week research cruise to the equatorial Pacific, where they are blogging about their adventures.

NOAA to review moving research fleet to Newport

Thu, 18 Feb 2010 00:00:00 PST

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced recently it will take another look at the decision to move its research fleet from Seattle to the central Oregon Coast after a competing port raised questions about the potential for flooding.

By Landing Fleet, Small Port Sets Off a Storm of Envy

Sun, 17 Jan 2010 00:00:00 PST

Also working in its favor, Newport already has a small NOAA office as well as the Hatfield Marine Science Center of Oregon State University. Its port is deep and just minutes from the ocean, while ships docked in Puget Sound in Washington State take several hours to reach the sea.

San Francisco's famous sea lions move to Oregon

Sun, 17 Jan 2010 00:00:00 PST

Kim Raum-Suryan, a biologist at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, noticed the number of California sea lions at Heceta Head had doubled to some 5,000 in December and, like other scientists, figures the simple answer is food.

Scientists witness for first time magma streaming from volcano in deep ocean

Sat, 19 Dec 2009 00:00:00 PST

For the first time scientists have seen molten lava flowing from a deep-ocean seafloor volcano, exploding into 35-foot-long streams of red and gold and rising as bubbles as much as 3 feet across. "The whole ocean floor is created by this process of extruded lava but we've never seen it so we don't know how rapidly this occurs," said Robert Embly, a seafloor geologist with the NOAA and Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center. Watch the clip on YouTube at

Whale-song recording goes deep

Thu, 19 Nov 2009 00:00:00 PST

Silently slipping to 1,000 metres below the ocean surface, an undersea glider equipped with a recording device is cruising off Hawaii to capture unprecedented detail on the sounds made by whales.

Public invited to view dissection of great white shark at OSU's Hatfield Marine Science Center

Mon, 19 Oct 2009 00:00:00 PDT

A 12-foot white shark - popularly known as a great white shark - that died in August after becoming entangled in the ropes of a crab pot, became the focus of scientists during its dissection at Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center.

HMSC Visitor Center launches new Web site

Sat, 19 Sep 2009 00:00:00 PDT

The visitor center at Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center has launched a new Web site combining highlights of its public aquarium exhibits and programs with information about the center's marine education programs for students, families and teachers.

Study: Carefully released rockfish can survive barotrauma

Sat, 15 Aug 2009 00:00:00 PDT

Research has shown that carefully recompressing rockfish that have been brought up from the ocean floor may help them temporarily recover from the rapid change in pressure, but scientists have been uncertain whether there were any long-lasting effects on the fish.(image)

Commercial "bycatch whaling" a growing threat to coastal whales

Thu, 16 Jul 2009 00:00:00 PDT

Scientists are warning that a new form of unregulated whaling has emerged along the coastlines of Japan and South Korea, where the commercial sale of whales killed as fisheries "bycatch" is threatening coastal stocks of minke whales and other protected species.

OSU's Hatfield Marine Science Center to Host SeaFest on June 27

Thu, 18 Jun 2009 00:00:00 PDT

Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center will host its seventh annual SeaFest celebration on Saturday, June 27, in Newport. This annual festival combines hands-on activities, displays, tours and education revolving around the marine sciences.

Public Urged to Refrain from Handling Seal Pups

Tue, 19 May 2009 00:00:00 PDT

Seal pups are appearing on the beaches of Oregon and an Oregon State University marine mammal biologist is urging the public to refrain from trying to "rescue" them.(image)

Gray Whale Washes Up North of Florence

Thu, 16 Apr 2009 00:00:00 PDT

For the second time in a month, a dead whale has been found on the central Oregon coast, but researchers at Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center say it is unlikely the two deaths are linked. (image)

Ocean of Junk Focus of Presentation, Panel Discussion in Newport

Thu, 16 Apr 2009 00:00:00 PDT

Parts of the Pacific Ocean are beginning to resemble a landfill and the increasing accumulation of debris - mainly plastic - is the focus of a special presentation on Monday, April 27, at Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport.

Invasive Parasite Spreading Among West Coast Estuaries

Tue, 17 Mar 2009 00:00:00 PDT

A parasitic isopod that scientists identified five years ago has all but decimated mud shrimp populations in coastal estuaries ranging from British Columbia to northern California, said John Chapman, an OSU invasive species specialist who works out of OSU's Hatfield Marine Science Center.

Pilot Project to Re-establish Native Oysters in Oregon Shows Promise

Thu, 19 Feb 2009 23:22:01 PST

A pilot project to evaluate the feasibility of re-establishing native oysters in Oregon - without damaging native eel grass, a protected plant species - has completed its third year and researchers say tests conducted in Netarts Bay near Tillamook show positive results.(image)

Study Finds Oldest Trees Grow Slowest - Even as Youngsters

Tue, 17 Feb 2009 00:00:00 PST

A newly published study has found that the oldest trees in the forest also grow the slowest - and they likely aren't the prettiest.

Sea Grant Extension Veterinarian Helps Control Virus in Koi Ponds

Tue, 17 Feb 2009 00:00:00 PST

Call him the koi doctor. An ichthyologist a la koi. The koi keeper's confidant. His patients are living works of art - brilliantly painted Picassos that swim in elaborate ponds and fetch up to $70,000 apiece. Meet OSU's Tim Miller-Morgan.

Best Option for Oregon Offshore Aquaculture: Scallops or Mussels; What's Needed Next: A Coastal Community with a Vision

Sun, 18 Jan 2009 00:00:00 PST

If Oregon chooses to test the waters for offshore aquaculture development to help meet a growing demand for fresh seafood and to create alternative jobs for the state's coastal communities and seafood industries, the leading candidate for a pilot project might be shellfish.

Study Finds Beaked Whales' Tusks Evolved Through Sexual Selection Process

Fri, 12 Dec 2008 00:00:00 PST

For years, scientists have wondered why only males of the rarely seen family of beaked whales have "tusks," since they are squid-eaters and in many of the species, these elaborately modified teeth seem to actually interfere with feeding.(image)

New Studies Shed Light on World's Most Active Undersea Volcano

Tue, 18 Nov 2008 00:00:00 PST

Like its terrestrial cousins, the world's most active underwater volcano goes through periods of structural building and collapsing, but new studies show that the cycles of construction and destruction are extraordinarily compressed - in a matter of years instead of millennia. (image)

OSU Student Awarded Stanford REE Fellowship

Thu, 16 Oct 2008 00:00:00 PDT

Oregon State University Honors College student Dann Cutter was awarded the Roundtable on Entrepreneurship Education Fellowship at Stanford University for fall 2008. Cutter works at OSU's Hatfield Marine Science Center as a network analyst.

Fellowships Connect OSU Faculty with Key Journalists

Thu, 18 Sep 2008 00:00:00 PDT

(image) For three days in August, influential news media representatives from around the country got a taste of what makes OSU one of the nation's top marine research universities. Journalists toured labs and heard presentations in Corvallis and at Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport on topics ranging from coastal ecology and salmon hatcheries to the ocean observing initiative.

Study: Sperm Whales in Gulf Seemingly Unaffected by Distant Seismic Sounds

Fri, 12 Sep 2008 00:00:00 PDT

(image) A six-year study on sperm whales in the Gulf of Mexico, aided by new tags developed at the Hatfield Marine Science Center, suggests that long-range seismic sounds associated with oil and gas exploration and production don't significantly affect the whales' movement at distances greater than five kilometers, or about three miles.

Keep Informed About Hatfield Marine Science Center

Fri, 15 Aug 2008 00:00:00 PDT

Stay up-to-date on the summer events that are happening at the Hatfield Marine Science Center.

DNA Study of Japanese 'Whalemeat' Markets Suggests Illegal/Unreported Hunting of Fin Whales

Wed, 16 Jul 2008 10:47:16 PDT

A research team using DNA analysis has identified whale meat from 15 different endangered fin whales for sale in Japanese markets in 2006 and 2007, which are two more fin whales than the government of Japan reported killing under its scientific whaling program during the same period.

HMSC to Host Forum this September on Offshore Aquaculture in the Pacific Northwest

Wed, 16 Jul 2008 00:00:00 PDT

OSU's Hatfield Marine Science Center will host a two-day forum in September that will explore the potential challenges and opportunities of developing offshore aquaculture programs in the Pacific Northwest.

OSU's Hatfield Marine Science Center to Host SeaFest Celebration June 28

Mon, 16 Jun 2008 00:00:00 PDT

(image) Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center will host its annual SeaFest celebration on June 28, when visitors to the Newport research and education facility will have the opportunity to pilot a remotely operated vehicle, meet a giant Pacific octopus, or tour one of OSU's research vessels.

Albatross Research Has Major Implications for Fishing Industry

Tue, 13 May 2008 00:00:00 PDT

(image) The once-abundant short-tailed albatross was hunted to near-extinction before protective measures were put in place and today scientists are working hard to protect the seabird from another danger - interactions with commercial fisheries.

OSU's Hatfield Marine Science Center Eyes Long-Term Growth

Fri, 18 Apr 2008 00:00:00 PDT

One of the leading marine research facilities on the West Coast is looking to expand to accommodate growth among its partner agencies and foster more research, education and outreach related to the Pacific Ocean.

Hatfield's Jimmie - the Octopus - Heads for Sea

Fri, 14 Mar 2008 15:10:57 PDT

Jimmie, the resident Giant Pacific octopus at the Hatfield Marine Science Center, was recently released into the ocean after eight months of entertaining visitors.

Hatfield Researchers Honored for Community Service

Tue, 19 Feb 2008 10:42:04 PST

Two researchers at OSU's Hatfield Marine Science Center were recently honored with "Spirit of the Community" awards, presented by the Center's director, George Boehlert, in recognition of their leadership and service contributions to the Newport community.

Upcoming Events at Hatfield

Tue, 19 Feb 2008 00:00:00 PST

See what's in store at the Hatfield Marine Science Visitor Center, including "Sea Turtle Saturday" in March.

Whale watch week set for Dec. 26-Jan. 1

Fri, 07 Dec 2007 15:42:53 PST

A variety of special presentations are scheduled for whale watch week at the coast. Be sure to stop by the HMSC while you're watching the whale migration.

Scientists Mull Ecological Impacts of Wave Energy Projects

Wed, 14 Nov 2007 10:56:38 PST

As public interest in wave energy technology increases, scientists are beginning to explore potential ecological implications that may arise from the creation of wave energy parks along the West Coast. A recent workshop at Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center raised many questions, participants say, and outlined important areas of research and outreach to address.

Ocean explorers visit submarine volcanoes off coasts of Oregon and New Zealand

Wed, 17 Oct 2007 09:22:41 PDT

It was a busy summer for ocean explorers based at the Hatfield Marine Science Center, with two expeditions to opposite sides of the Pacific Ocean to study undersea volcanoes.

HMSC observes National Estuary Day Sept. 28-29

Wed, 19 Sep 2007 13:10:41 PDT

It's time to plan for fall visits to the Hatfield Marine Science Center. National Estuary Day will feature tours of the Yaquina Estuary and multimedia presentations.

Summer activities continue daily through Labor Day at HMSC

Thu, 16 Aug 2007 13:31:50 PDT

Walking tours, a multimedia presentation and opportunities to learn more about natural and cultural history in Lincoln County are among the things happening through the HMSC visitor center.

Outlook good this year for salmon and other fish

Thu, 16 Aug 2007 13:28:45 PDT

The early arrival of subarctic zooplankton, including high numbers of copepod species rarely seen in Oregon, is providing a smorgasbord for offshore salmon and other fish species, according to researchers at the Hatfield Marine Science Center.

Over $97,000 in research fellowships and scholarships awarded

Thu, 19 Jul 2007 13:05:47 PDT

Seventeen OSU students received scholarships and awards totaling $97,240 for research and education activities at the Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC) for the 2007-08 academic year.

Salmon tracking program expands to California

Fri, 15 Jun 2007 14:39:27 PDT

A successful pilot program launched last year that used genetics to determine the river origin of Chinook salmon caught off Oregon's central coast has begun its second season, expanding to the entire coast off Oregon as well as to northern California waters.

SeaFest to be celebrated June 22-23

Fri, 15 Jun 2007 13:44:53 PDT

(image) The Hatfield Marine Science Center is expecting over 4,000 visitors June 22 and 23 for its biggest event of the year. SeaFest is a family friendly event featuring dozens of hands-on science learning activities, special exhibits and demonstrations, art displays, live music, seafood, boat tours of Yaquina Bay, and more.

HMSC observes International Migratory Bird Day

Wed, 18 Apr 2007 12:56:59 PDT

"Antarctica's Gentoo Penguins: Parallel Adaptations to Northwest Seabirds" is the topic of a May 12 PowerPoint presentation in the Hennings Auditorium complete with hands-on preserved specimens from Antarctica.

HMSC hosts Earth Day events April 21.

Wed, 18 Apr 2007 12:53:11 PDT

Four OSU researchers will discuss issues related to climate change during a series of Earth Day presentations on Saturday, April 21, at OSU's Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport. The lectures, which are free and open to the public, will be held in the Hennings Auditorium.

Spring whale watch week March 24-31

Fri, 16 Mar 2007 15:31:46 PDT

(image) The Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport will host a variety of educational programs focusing on marine mammals during the spring whale watch week, March 24 to 31. The visitor center will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the week.

Want to watch an octopus being fed?

Fri, 16 Feb 2007 11:22:15 PST

When you arrive at the visitor center at OSU's Hatfield Marine Science Center, you'll be greeted by an octopus. And, if you're there on a Monday, Thursday or Saturday, you may have an opportunity to watch aquarists feed the octopus.

Bruce Mate, Marine Mammal Institute featured in documentary

Fri, 19 Jan 2007 12:09:12 PST

The pioneering work of Oregon State University researcher Bruce Mate and OSU's Marine Mammal Institute will be featured in a new documentary airing on the Animal Planet network on Monday, Feb. 5.

Scientists' study of Antarctic seals may lead to insights on aging

Thu, 18 Jan 2007 10:26:48 PST

(image) A team of scientists has just returned from McMurdo Sound in Antarctica, where they have been analyzing the diving and oxygen-carrying capacity of aging Weddell seals in a study that may shed new light on aging and possible protective mechanisms.

Scientists use GPS to chart buildup of Galapagos Volcano prior to 2005 eruption

Fri, 15 Dec 2006 11:13:31 PST

Using global positioning system (GPS) technology to measure changes in the earth's surface, scientists have determined that the October 2005 eruption of Sierra Negra volcano in the Galapagos Islands was preceded by an extraordinary five-meter uplift of the caldera floor in just a dozen years.

HMSC student profile: Patrick Luke

Tue, 17 Oct 2006 11:17:59 PDT

Patrick Luke grew up fishing trout and steelhead on the Umatilla and Columbia rivers, continuing a tradition passed on by his father and earlier generations of his Native American family. Raised on the Umatilla Indian Reservation in the foothills of the Blue Mountains east of Pendleton, Patrick learned how to can and smoke fish for the winter, and many other subsistence skills and practices of his cultural heritage. Patrick also learned something else from his father: the importance of education.

Building on success, HMSC aims to expand research opportunities for students

Tue, 17 Oct 2006 11:12:58 PDT

Eleven college students from across the nation spent this past summer at the Hatfield Marine Science Center, engaged in research and learning about fields and specializations they may pursue through graduate school and into their careers. The students participated in the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU), which the HMSC has operated for the past three years with funding from the National Science Foundation's Division of Ocean Sciences.

HMSC observes National Estuary Day

Mon, 18 Sep 2006 15:06:53 PDT

The Hatfield Marine Science Center at Newport will offer an interactive Internet estuary field trip on Friday, Sept. 29, and a guided walk along the Yaquina Bay estuary on Saturday, Sept. 30, in observance of National Estuary Day.

Scientists team with fishermen to trace origins of ocean Chinook

Fri, 18 Aug 2006 09:11:48 PDT

(image) With the aid of genetic testing techniques, researchers at OSU's Hatfield Marine Science Center are teaming with commercial fishermen to rapidly identify the home river basin of Pacific-caught Chinook salmon. The research enables quick identification of wild and hatchery fish from both weak and healthy stocks, providing data that could help improve fisheries management.

New director named for Cooperative Institute for Marine Resources Studies

Wed, 19 Jul 2006 14:11:56 PDT

Michael Banks, who developed a prominent fisheries genetics program at OSU's Hatfield Marine Science Center, has been named to direct the Cooperative Institute for Marine Resources. The institute, known as CIMRS, is a research effort of OSU and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Watch out for the habitat snatchers!

Fri, 16 Jun 2006 11:34:43 PDT

"Invasion of the Habitat Snatchers" and "The World of Wet Pets" are the two newest exhibits at the Hatfield Marine Science Center.

Follow the happenings on last December's Antarctic trip

Thu, 18 May 2006 13:59:56 PDT

The "Sounds from the Southern Ocean" research voyage is over, but you can follow the adventures of the OSU research team by checking the online reports.

Find out what's been happening

Thu, 13 Apr 2006 15:19:13 PDT

The 2004-05 Hatfield Marine Science Center annual report is now online, detailing activity and research at the center during the past year.

Be sure to catch the whales on their northward migration

Thu, 16 Mar 2006 15:16:20 PST

Spring is a great time to see whales along the Oregon Coast. During spring break, March 25-April 1, the HMSC will be offering special programs related to whales.

High-fat diet key to survival of juvenile salmon

Tue, 14 Feb 2006 13:45:27 PST

Juvenile salmon survival increases dramatically when cold-water zooplankton species are dominant in the northeast Pacific Ocean, and scientists at OSU's Hatfield Marine Science Center believe the copepods' high lipid levels may boost the oceanic food chain and allow salmon to grow fast enough to survive their first year at sea.

Western Groundfish Conference in Newport Jan. 30-Feb. 3

Thu, 19 Jan 2006 15:52:20 PST

The Western Groundfish Conference (WGC) brings fisheries scientists and students together to review current research on groundfish science and management on the west coast of North America. This year's conference sponsors include OSU, the International Pacific Halibut Commission, NOAA Fisheries and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Conference location is the Best Western Agate Beach Hotel.

HMSC researchers join international expedition to Antarctica

Wed, 14 Dec 2005 09:25:50 PST

Scientists from the Hatfield Marine Science Center spent part of December in Antarctica installing a deep-sea hydrophone network to monitor acoustic signals from undesea earthquakes, ice sheet movements, and even vocalizations from large baleen whales. See photos and read more about the "Sounds from the Southern Ocean" expedition at the NOAA Ocean explorer website.