Recreational boating is a billion-dollar industry in Oregon. People access the coast, rivers and lakes to cruise, sail, kayak and fish.

Oregon Sea Grant works with boaters to enhance their outdoor experience while protecting wildlife and water quality. Our research and outreach programs range from addressing proper procedures around marine wildlife to promoting safe disposal of boater waste.

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Connie Sullivan, Oregon Sea Grant Boating Outreach Coordinator

Prior to joining Oregon Sea Grant, Connie was the coordinator for Clean Marina Washington, which is a free technical assistance program for recreational marinas to work on spill prevention and spill preparedness. The Clean Boating Program focuses on water quality issues related to boating pump and dump stations and floating restrooms. This work also involves issues related to derelict vessels and clean marinas.

Leigh Torres, Sea Grant Extension Marine Mammals

Leigh is located at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport. As a Marine Mammal Specialist, Leigh helps to provide boater etiquette guidance related to marine mammals. She also works extensively with the Marine Mammal Institute.