Commercial fisheries face several challenges including increased regulation, an aging fleet, and changing environmental conditions. Oregon Sea Grant informs decision-makers and the public about Oregon fisheries and the community effects of local seafood production and consumption. We work with the fishing industry to understand and communicate the resilience and sustainability of important Pacific Northwest coastal and marine species.

Amanda Gladics, Sea Grant Extension Coastal Fisheries

Amanda is located in Astoria. She provides community education programs that foster sustainability of fisheries. She also works closely with commercial fishermen, researchers and managers to develop innovative solutions for reducing bycatch fisheries and reducing the instances of whale entanglements.

Learn about the Whale Entanglement Group.

Flaxen Conway, Sea Grant Extension Community Outreach

Flaxen is located on OSU’s Corvallis campus. Her work is focused on the human dimensions of fisheries. She works closely with fishermen, researchers and managers to better understand how changes in policy affect industries, workforces, agencies and communities.

Jamie Doyle, Sea Grant Extension Coastal Community Development

Jamie is located in Coos Bay. As a Community Development Agent, her work explores issues related to the seafood production workforce, tow lanes, working waterfronts and marine debris.

 

Leigh Torres, Sea Grant Extension Marine Mammals

Leigh is a marine ecologist, providing and extending information about current research on marine mammal behavior. She works with the whale entanglement group and collaborates with the Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission to better understand how whale distribution overlaps with fishing to help identify areas of whale entanglement risk. Her research focuses on the ecology and conservation of marine megafauna, including seabirds, marine mammals, sharks, and turtles.

Guillermo Giannico, Sea Grant Extension Fish Ecology and Watershed Specialist

Guillermo is located on OSU’s Corvallis campus. He focuses on salmonid ecology and watershed management. His research interests include salmonid behavior, fish distribution and habitat selection in freshwater and estuarine systems, salmonid habitat restoration, the influence of riparian vegetation and land use activities on fish habitat, integrated watershed management, fish passage and fish in agricultural landscapes.