Free series highlights research for fishermen


NEWPORT - Commercial fishermen can hear what science is learning about the problems and opportunities of Pacific fisheries during a series of seminars this winter at Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport.

Sponsored by OSU Extension Sea Grant, the free four-part series will feature fisheries scientists from OSU and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) discussing recent research into distinct aspects of the fishery.

Scheduled to speak are:


  • Dec. 10: "Anatomy of a Groundfish Stock Assessment" - David Sampson, associate professor of fisheries at OSU, will explain how groundfish stock assessments are put together, and will solicit discussion on how they can be improved.


  • Jan. 8: "North Pacific Climatological Shifts: Beyond El Nino" - Pete Lawson, NMFS fishery biologist, will explore apparent fundamental, long-term shifts in ocean conditions which have major implications for all fisheries.


  • Feb. 12: "Understanding Seafood Markets: Improving Private and Public Fisheries Management" - Gil Sylvia, associate professor of agricultural and resource economics at OSU, will review U.S. and international seafood marketing and highlight fundamental changes taking place in those markets.


  • March 12: "Getting More With Less: Adding Value to Your Catch" - Michael Morrissey, director of the OSU Seafood Lab in Astoria, will discuss current research in adding value to hake and other species both in the boat and at the plant through techniques such as onboard superchilling.

All seminars will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. at OSU's Hatfield Marine Science Center. Although the programs are free, those planning to attend are asked to call Extension Sea Grant Agent Ginny Goblirsch at 541-265-3463.