Annual OSU Hatfield Marine Science Day is April 12 in Newport - Oregon Coast Visitors Association

Annual OSU Hatfield Marine Science Day is April 12 in Newport

Posted by The Oregon Coast / March 31, 2014

Hatfield Marine Science Day

(Newport, Oregon) – Saturday, April 12 is the date for the annual OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center’s Marine Science Day  in Newport – a mixture of science fun for kids and tickling the brains for grownups.

This annual open house at the Hatfield will take visitors behind the scenes for a peek at a large variety of cutting-edge marine research. Your hosts are scientists and educators from the growing marine science community on Newport’s South Beach, which include Oregon State University and the federal and state agencies of HMSC, such as NOAA.

Visitors will enjoy special activities in the Visitor Center and in its laboratories and classrooms, with interactive displays on a broad array of marine research. Don’t miss this special opportunity to experience the innovation and synergy that makes the Hatfield unique.

Highlights include a wide range of interactive exhibits, self-guided tours of areas where animals are cared for and where genetic research takes place, and a program about seals and sea lions. There will be an octopus feeding – literally a favorite for generations. Talks will include subjects such as the ocean food chain and the Hatfield’s Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station, which was the first marine experiment station in the nation.

The OSU Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station (COMES) is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.  Through the efforts of many individuals including Captain Barry Fisher, Joe Easley and others in the fishing industry, as well as Lavern Weber, past Director of the Hatfield Marine Science Center, COMES has become the largest interdisciplinary marine research station in the United States.

COMES is based in both Newport and Astoria.  Researchers in Newport focus on fishery policy and management, marketing, stock assessment, aquaculture, ecology, and marine mammal conservation.  Researchers in Astoria focus on seafood science, processing, safety and innovation. COMES scientists, staff, and students will be showcasing their projects and COMES history in special exhibits.


All of the Marine Science Day is free admission.

Schedule of Events:

10 am – 4 pm: Open house, interactive research exhibits on display

11 am – 3 pm: Self-guided tours of the ‘Back Wing’ animal husbandry area and genetics labs

11 am and 2 pm: Pumped Up for Pinnipeds: Seals and Sea Lions of the Oregon Coast, a 30 minute presentation by the Oregon Coast Aquarium in the Hennings Auditorium.

1:30 pm: Octopus feeding in the Visitor Center

3 pm: Pleanary talk: A Food Chain of Fisheries Research, The Amazing Story of Oregon’s Marine Experiment Station. Given by Gil Sylvia, Director, Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station, plus Terry Thompson and Michael Morrissey.

Hatfield Marine Science Center is at 2030 SE Marine Science Drive, Newport, Oregon. (541) 867-0226.  More information is available at


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