Coastal risks and land use policy create economic tradeoffs for armoring the Oregon Coast - Phys.org

"An Oregon land use policy creates a large economic value for some private homeowners who are allowed to protect their shoreline against erosion, according to a new Oregon State University study.

The research directly informs policy on a contentious issue on the Oregon coast—the tradeoff between a homeowner's ability to protect their private property and public access to Oregon's beaches, said Steven Dundas, corresponding author and economist in OSU's College of Agricultural Sciences and Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station...." (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)

The Secret Life of Great White Sharks in Kelp - Forbes

"If you're a seal, you thought you were safe from great white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) in the kelp. New research shows you are dead wrong...." (read more)

Radio Interview - KNPT-AM's HOTLINE

Dr. Michael Banks discusses his genetics and genomics research, the Collaborative Institute for Marine Resource Studies, and the National Science Foundation's Research Traineeship program.

Little genetic difference among Dungeness crab from California to Washington - Phys.org

"A new study of Dungeness crab along the West Coast found strong genetic diversity throughout various sampling sites, with little genetic "differentiation" between them, meaning that crab found off the California coast are similar to those found off Oregon and Washington...." (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)

Do Marine Protected Areas Work? - UC Davis Science & Climate

"Marine protected areas, or MPAs, are an increasingly common way of protecting marine ecosystems by prohibiting fishing in specific locations. However, many people remain skeptical that MPAs actually benefit fish populations, and there has not yet been a way to demonstrate whether or not they are effective. Until now...." (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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