Oregon State University

Sea Grant Extension

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Connecting science and coastal communities

From a lone marine agent, hired by OSU Extension in 1971 to work with Oregon's commercial fishing industry, Oregon Sea Grant's Extension program has grown to a dedicated, highly skilled cadre of specialists, known regionally and nationally for their expertise in engaging coastal stakeholders on topics of critical importance.

Sea Grant Extension faculty, based in coastal communities and on the OSU campus, continue to work on fisheries and seafood - but also take leadership on emerging issues, from marine renewable energy to invasive species.

"A major Sea Grant cross-cutting goal is to help create and enhance an informed and engaged, ocean-literate society that understands the cultural, ecological, and economic value and vulnerabilities of our coast and how our actions may influence the coast. OSG strives to support public and private actors in their decision making. We engage stakeholders in conducting and applying coastal research that meets the needs of our state and region. We also assist communities of interest and communities of place in identifying, co-generating, and using the best available science to anticipate, prepare for, and adapt to actual and predicted changes." - Oregon Sea Grant Strategic Plan

Our Extension faculty excel at bringing people together to work on mutual problems and solutions, whether it's enlisting the views and participation of fishermen for marine science projects, helping communities build profiles revealing hidden features of coastal economies, or encouraging local groups to collaborate on disaster planning and response.

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Program Leader: Dave Hansen

Community Resilience to Coastal Hazards and Climate Change

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Coastal Learning and Decision Making

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Fisheries and Seafood

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Marine Spatial Planning

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Oceans and Human Health

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Watersheds and Water Resources

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Contact Info

Oregon Sea Grant
1600 SW Western Blvd
Suite 350
Corvallis OR 97333
Phone: 541-737-2714
FAX: 541-737-7958

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