In 2011, the north portion of the HMSC Estuary Nature Trail was closed due to erosion that was encroaching upon the trail. Now the trail route has been slightly modified and the trail reopened so that visitors can once again walk the entire 1/2 mile from the HMSC main parking lot all the way to the back gate near the Oregon Coast Aquarium. On your walk, you'll have the opportunity to see the effects of coastal erosion and the ongoing dynamic revetment experiment that is helping to reduce further erosion. The trail is generally flat with uneven surfaces, and (as always) dogs are not allowed on the trail at any time. But please *DO* bring your family, your binoculars and your camera and come experience the beautiful Yaquina Estuary from the nature trail!
The Hatfield Marine Science Center is proud to host a new tsunami awareness exhibit. The centerpiece of the exhibit is a section of the Japanese dock that washed ashore as a result of the 2011 Japanese earthquake and resulting tsunami. The opening and dedication ceremony took place on March 10, marking the two-year anniversary of the tsunami. Read more
A large floating dock from Japan was dislodged during the March 2011 tsunami, and has now made its way to Oregon. It landed on Agate Beach in Newport in June, and has received both local and national attention. The debris is notable as being the first large piece to reach North America from the tsunami - months before the predicted schedule. Furthermore, the thriving colonies of algae and invertebrates encrusting the dock have sent several HMSC researchers to the scene to collect specimens and search for potential invasive species. Read more
Oregon Business magazine cites the HMSC, along with NOAA's new Pacific research fleet facilty, as part of a "wave of activity" helping bolster the Newport economy - by bringing in big research dollars, but also by supporting small businesses such as a local biciycle shop. Read more
OSU is retiring its venerable research vessel, the Wecoma in favor of a more efficient vessel, the Oceanus, acquired through the National Science Foundation from Woods Hole. The Oceanus is expected at the HMSC docks in late February, after travling down the east coast, through the Panama Canal and back up the Pacific coast to Newport. The Wecoma is a familiar fixture at our dock when it's not at sea, and has provided many tours to students and families during events such as our high school Career Day. Read more.
Governor Kitzhaber has proclaimed September 17th to be "Oregon Sea Grant Day"! Read more
A tagged western gray whale continues to help scientists understand more about this critically endangered whale population. HMSC-based researcher Dr. Bruce Mate of OSU's Marine Mammal Institute is leading the satellite tagging portion of this exciting project. Follow Flex's progress online and read more in this Oregon Live article.
A reporter from Oregon.com explored the Visitor Center with Dr. Bill Hanshumaker, and learned that the Hatfield Marine Science Center is "one big classroom". Read the article
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