From Brookings to Astoria, coastal communities are in transition: wave energy, marine reserves, fishing regulations, invasive species, tourism, earthquake and tsunami preparedness, coastal erosion. OSU assists families, businesses and towns in finding answers:
Lines in the water. OSU researchers partner with local fishermen to study fish behavior in response to the establishment of marine reserves.
Oyster bar. The Whiskey Creek Shellfish Hatchery provides young oysters to much of the West Coast oyster industry. When hatchery managers saw production plummet, OSU researchers diagnosed the problem (acidity and disease) and devised a solution.
Fresh and local. Fishermen need to know where the fish are. Consumers want to know where their fish come from. Enter Pacific Fish Trax, a project using information technology to manage fisheries sustainably.
The Big One. At the O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory, scientists and engineers slam model cities with simulated tsunamis to prepare coastal communities for the next Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and resulting tsunami.