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Dr. Steve Dundas on the Economics Governing Coastal Armoring Trends - American Shoreline Podcast Network

"This week, Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham have Dr. Steve Dundas on the show to talk about his use of applied economics to model the potential future armoring of private property on the Oregon coast. Dr. Dundas is a professor of Applied Economics at Oregon State University, and works at the OSU Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station. We discuss the current armoring situation on the Oregon coast, including the ramifications of the State's "Goal 18," which values the preservation of unarmored shorelines, and how a weakening of the laws preventing armoring could result in spillover effects resulting in a much faster armoring of the shoreline than previously thought. Where does this lead, and what can the rest of the American Shoreline learn from this interesting research in Oregon?" (listen now)

Seafood lab researchers aim to make more food from fish - OPB Interview

Fishing is a big industry in the Northwest, but scientists say only about 30-40% of a fish is consumed by humans. Mostly the byproduct is thrown away or sold for pet food filler. At the Oregon State University Seafood Lab in Astoria, researchers are hard at work to change that with the help of a grant from a national food and agriculture research foundation. OSU Food Science and Technology professor Jung Kwon says she hopes the project proves it’s feasible to use fish byproducts into tasty food for humans, with the potential for both reducing food waste and helping with global hunger. She joins us as well as Tim Kurt, the Scientific Program Director with the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, who says the potential for sustainable aquaculture has yet to be fully realized.

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No poaching occurring within most Channel Islands marine protected areas, new analysis shows - Science Blog

"Fish are thriving and poachers are staying out of marine protected areas around California’s Channel Islands, a new population analysis by an Oregon State University researcher shows." (read more)

The Next Threat For California’s Ocean Habitats: Microplastics - Forbes

A new report produced by the California Ocean Science Trust suggests proactive measures need to be taken to prevent further damage to ocean habitats by microplastics. (read more)

The Dream Of A Viable Bacon-Like Seaweed Is Still Alive In Oregon - Oregon Public Broadcasting

"Oregon State University created something of a sensation back in 2015 when researchers announced they discovered and patented 'seaweed that tastes like bacon.' Four years later, the hard work of commercialization continues, but guilt-free bacon from the sea remains elusive...." (read more)

Small White Shark Population Continues to Thrive in the Coast of Central California - (2021)

Hundreds of individual adult and subadult white sharks, which are not fully mature but old enough to feed on marine mammals, were identified by researchers between 2011 and 2018. They used this knowledge to calculate shark population estimates.

"The discovery, which was made after eight years of photographing and naming individual sharks in the population, is a valuable indication of the general health of the aquatic ecosystem in which the sharks breed," said Taylor Chapple, a co-author of the report and a researcher at Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center. (read more)

Salmon Magnetic Sense Could Involve Magnetite Crystals In Specialized Receptor Cells in Their Noses, Research Says - The Science Times

"It is a widely known fact that several animals like butterflies, birds, and salmon have a unique, innate magnetic sense that allows them to accurately navigate to breeding and feeding grounds by using the Earth's magnetic field. However, up until today, scientists have always struggled to determine the exact mechanisms at play for magnetic perception to work...." (read more)

Genetic markers show Pacific albacore intermingle across equator but remain separate stocks - OSU Newsroom (2021)

"Analyzing thousands of genetic markers in albacore tuna from the Pacific Ocean, researchers at Oregon State University have learned that just seven dozen of those markers are needed to determine which side of the equator a fish comes from...." (read more)

Tsunami-driven rafting: Transoceanic species dispersal and implications for marine biogeography - Science

"Long Distance Life Rafting - When coastal ecosystems are affected by storms or tsunamis, organisms can be rafted across oceans on floating debris. However, such events are rarely observed, still less quantified. Carlton et al. chart the rafting journeys of coastal marine organisms across the Pacific Ocean after the 2011 East Japan earthquake and tsunami (see the Perspective by Chown). Of the nearly 300 mainly invertebrate species that reached the shores of the U.S. Pacific Northwest, most arrived attached to the remains of manmade structures...." (read more)

Express lane for fish: Migrating salmon get a boost past dams - Capital Press

"Eight years ago, Vincent Bryan III was field testing his prototype of an apple harvest-assist machine in his family's orchard near the Columbia River southwest of Quincy, Wash.

Helicopters passed overhead with large buckets of water dangling from them. He was curious about their mission and later found out they were moving salmon over a nearby dam.

It seemed to him like an expensive way to move fish...." (Read more)

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