State of the Coast Conference

October 28, 2017 - 8:30 AM
Florence Events Center
715 Quince St.
Florence, OR
Oregon Sea Grant

The state of the coast is unsettled.\Photo by Jenny Green.
The state of the coast is unsettled.\Photo by Jenny Green.

The 2017 edition of the annual State of the Coast Conference, sponsored by Oregon Sea Grant with the help of a panel composed of representative of ocean-related partner groups, comes to the Florence Events Center on Saturday, Oct. 28.  Welcome begins at 8:30 a.m.; the event is an all-day affair, including lunch and a reception.

The conference is designed to explore a wide range of marine topics, and typically includes everything from fishing practices to seafood recipes, and from debates about coastal economic development to warnings of environmental threats.  It features speakers, panel discussions, and poster sessions through which students present the results of their research.

Keynote speaker is Dr. Richard “Rick” Spinrad, who will kick off the conference with a talk on “The Necessity of Innovation in Coastal Science, Practice, and Policy.  Dr. Spinrad is an internationally recognized scientist and executive, most recently as the Chief Scientist for NOAA, driving policy and program direction for science and technology priorities.  Prior to that, he served as the Vice-President for research at Oregon State University, and from 2003 until 2010 was the head of NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research and the head of the National Ocean Service, where he directed the agency’s programs in oceanography, atmospheric science, and climate. He directly supervised several of NOAA’s high-profile research efforts, including ocean exploration, the National Sea Grant College Program, and the Climate Program Office, as well as seven NOAA laboratories around the US.

The agenda includes talks and panels on such topics as the seafood industry and the study of ocean conditions, coastal governance and resource management, invasive species, ocean-inspired creativity, and the effects of decisions made during the recent Oregon legislative session on the coast.  There will also be some interesting natural history talks, including one on the pyrosomes or "sea pickles" that have lately been washing up on Oregon beaches (see the article on our website.)

Cost is $35 for the general public and $25 for students, which includes lunch and the reception.

More information will soon be available on the website, http://www.stateofthecoast.com/.