Follow the links below to visit exhibits and watch videos about marine fisheries.


Two hands cupped together holding a pile of oyster spat, or tiny juvenile oysters.


In the Langdon lab, we work on a range of research projects that support sustainable aquaculture in Oregon and the U.S. west coast. Learn about our projects with Pacific oyster farmers and hatcheries, micro-particulate diets for marine fish larvae, and Dulse “the seaweed that tastes like bacon when deep-fried.”


The silhouett underwater along a rocky ocean bottom

The Big Fish Lab

Predators are integral components of healthy marine ecosystems. They help maintain the systems that provide food, resources, recreation and income to our local communities.  In the Big Fish Lab, we use a mix of techniques to understand the movements and behaviors of marine fish predators.


Fishing vessels

Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station (COMES)

We are the Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station (COMES), collaborating with the fishing and seafood industry, state and federal agencies, and our local maritime communities as the state’s primary research engine supporting the use and conservation of marine resources.


Kelp forest with sun shining into the water. Giant towers of kelp sway in the water.

Fisheries Oceanography and Population Dynamics Lab

Our lab uses a variety of mathematical tools to investigate patterns of change in populations of marine fishes and invertebrates. We work at a range of scales, from individual bays and kelp forests to the entire California Current. The overall goal of the lab is to investigate factors affecting the population dynamics of marine fisheries.


Adult coho salmon swims near the sandy bottom of a river.

Marine Fisheries Genomics

Our lab focuses on applying advances in genomics to turn challenges arising from change apparent today into opportunities that promote and couple socially just and vital marine fisheries that are sustained through ongoing generations of fish and people.


ling cod

Marine and Anadromous Fisheries Ecology Lab

The Marine and Anadromous Fisheries Ecology lab studies how animals move throughout rivers and oceans (their transport, dispersal, and migration) and how that movement affects their growth and survival.




The ODFW SEACOR team’s primary goal is to figure out where and how many bay clams are in tidal flats that are popular with recreational and commercial clammers. We have been experimenting with alternative ways of collecting this data because some of the areas we study are difficult to get to, some can be unsafe (deep mud!), and other ways of collecting data might help us save time.


Red rock crab

ODFW Shellfish Program

Learn about red rock crab which unfortunately gets a bad rap. A common misconception among crabbers in Oregon is that this native crab is an invasive species from the western Pacific. In fact, red rock crabs are native to Oregon! The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) aims to address misconceptions about this amazing and culturally important native crab.


Chinook salmon.

State Fisheries Genomics Lab

The State Fisheries Genomics Lab conducts fisheries genetics research that addresses the science and management needs of the Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Our research spans both the freshwater and marine environments focusing on species of ecological, evolutionary, or economic importance.