Connecting coastal communities with science

From its humble beginnings with 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, along the Columbia River, and on the OSU campus, are among more than 350 nationwide who share science and tools for improving the coastal environment and economy. Our Extension specialists serve traditional stakeholders, including commercial fishers, seafood processors and recreational boaters, but also take leadership on emerging issues, from marine invasive species to helping coastal people and communities prepare for earthquakes, tsunamis and sea-level rise.

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 emergency planning and response.

You can learn more about our Extension team (and locate the coastal Extension faculty near you) from our staff directory. Check out our Key Issues section for updates on Sea Grant Extension's work in areas such as

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Sustainable Tourism

Oregon Sea Grant Extension's Sustainable Tourism program is led by Extension Tourism Specialist Miles Phillips, serving the Oregon coast from his office in Bandon, Oregon.