Register now for State of the Coast: Oregon's Coastal Conference! It's happening Saturday, October 29, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Salishan Resort in Gleneden Beach.

State of the Coast is the coastal conference where everybody from scientists to industries to average citizens can network with, get updates on, and engage in current and future issues and opportunities facing Oregon's marine environment.

Keynote: "Communicating the Coast through Art and Science" with Oregon Field Guide videographer/editor Michael Bendixen. Join us on a journey behind the scenes of OPB's celebrated Oregon Field Guide and follow this Emmy award-winning artist into the field, under the water, in the editing suite, and into production as he shares how he crafts a story that ultimately informs and engages people with special places and the issues they face.

Morning plenary session provides quick updates on coastal issues including blue carbon; ocean energy; the market squid fishery; seafood initiatives and legislative updates; Oregon's waves; Oregon's Beach Bill (turning 50!); the Blob, El Nino, and fish ecology; and OSU's Marine Studies Initiative

Student research poster session: Interact with students and learn about current ocean and coastal research at Oregon's universities.

Afternoon break-out sessions provide the opportunity to choose a topic to explore more in depth and in a smaller, more hands-on environment: the ocean's chemical changes; planning for growing use of the coast; addressing the abstract through the lens of art and science; our future marine professionals; coastal development in an era of sea level rise; coastal and marine ecosystem services; monitoring ocean change: Local to global scale; and ocean food – boat to throat.

For more information and to register: http://www.stateofthecoast.com/

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