At the heart of HMSC’s collaborative culture is the long-standing partnership between Oregon State University (OSU) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  Established in 1982, the Cooperative Institute for Marine Resources Studies (CIMRS) fosters collaborative research in diverse, interdisciplinary fields including marine ecosystems and climate, fisheries science, aquaculture, oceanography, geology, acoustics and marine-resource technology. CIMRS draws on the scientific expertise and innovation of academic and federal agency scientists, advancing and aligning the missions of each organization. CIMRS scientists are a mix of OSU Faculty from multiple departments and agency researchers from NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center, Alaska Fisheries Science Center, and Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory. NOAA and other agency scientists serve as OSU courtesy faculty, mentoring students and adding a valuable component to university life. For more information see:

Federal and state agency research programs at HMSC are integral to HMSC's mission, partnerships and operations.

Fishing boat off the Oregon coast

The OSU Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station (COMES) has served as a critical link between Oregon’s Land Grant University and coastal communities since 1988. As an Agricultural Branch Experiment Station dedicated solely to coastal and marine issues, COMES supports Oregon’s fishing, seafood, and aquaculture industries through research and development. Improved utilization of marine resources, increased production of commercially harvested and cultured seafood, and development of value-added seafood products are just some of the ways that COMES faculty, staff and students make a difference in the lives of coastal Oregonians. Based on the Oregon Invests database, in 2010-2011 COMES programs generated over $13 million in economic impacts and produced the equivalent of 30-40 new jobs for Oregon and Pacific Northwest coastal communities. Website: 

sperm whale starting a dive

The OSU Marine Mammal institute is a multi-disciplinary facility incorporating the work of academics from Engineering, Genetics, Agriculture, Aquatics, Ecology, Veterinary Medicine, Biology, and Communications. As the only institute of its kind, the Marine Mammal Institute combines the efforts of top researchers from around the world to continue the legacy of discovery and preservation of critical habitats of target species and understanding how they interact with their environment and human activities. For more information see:

wave energy test berth

The Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center (NNMREC) was established in 2008 with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy, and is one of three university centers in Marine Renewable Energy. The product of a partnership between Oregon State University and the University of Washington, NNMREC's mission is to advance wave and tidal energy technology. Faculty and students are at the forefront of research, education and testing that enable marine energy technology to grow. Their research closes gaps in understanding the technology, as well as the environmental and human challenges. They also inform regulators of the impact of these devices when deployed in our oceans. For more information see:

NANOOSthe Pacific Northwest regional ocean observing network of IOOS (Integrated Ocean Observing System), hosts data from HMSC's Yaquina Bay monitoring effort off the pump house dock here on our Newport, Oregon campus. The monitoring, a collaboration between OSU and EPA, measures estuary water parameters in real time. Numerous other local and west coast monitoring efforts are accessible though the website.