Newport, Oregon is now becoming a hub for ocean observing activities in the Pacific Northwest. A $1.2 billion investment in ocean observation infrastructure has helped make this region one of the fastest growing marine research centers in the United States. We are home to Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center and its multiple state and federal agency partners. Oregon State University operates its University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) research vessel, R/V Oceanus from Newport, and is now designing the next generation of regional-class coastal research vessels for the National Science Foundation (NSF). The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration also home ports its Pacific research fleet here. The NSF is in the process of installing and operating a cutting-edge system of cabled and mobile observatories off our coast. And the National Northwest Marine Renewable Energy Center has selected Newport as home to the Pacific Marine Energy Center.
The Yaquina Bay Ocean Observing Initiative (YBOOI), a group of interested scientists, industry representatives, and government officials, is committed to pursuing collaborative economic development opportunities for Newport and Lincoln County related to ocean observing activities.
Newport offers exciting opportunities for business, technology development and research growth. Learn how your business can be a part of this growing economy. On April 30 and May 1 2013, we hosted an ocean observing conference, where attendees learned first hand about the activities and organizations responsible for marine research on the Oregon Central Coast. For more information, visit the Conference Information Page.
The greater Newport area is uniquely positioned to serve and work in marine science research. Our assets include:
- NOAA Marine Operations Center – Pacific
- Port of Newport International Terminal
- OOI leadership at OSU in Corvallis within an hour’s drive
- Easy access to the ocean
- Port of Toledo ship maintenance facilities
- Fishing fleet willing and able to help
- An extensive network of marine education resources
The long-term vision for ocean observing in Newport is based on the following elements:
- Newport to serve as the leading US coastal location for ocean observing activity north of Monterey, Calif.
- Ocean observing activities will create stable, high wage employment and stimulate central Lincoln County’s working waterfronts
- Information created through ocean observing will contribute to knowledge-based fisheries management and long-term access to fish and marine resources
- Newport will serve as a Pacific Northwest leader in advocating for increased ocean observing investment and activity that benefits all coastal communities.
YBOOI has developed a strategic framework for establishing Newport as an ocean observing hub.
A Strategy Retreat involving regional leaders in science, government, business, and the community was held in July 2011 to discuss needs, capabilities, and actions for developing this region in the marine sciences. This is available: Retreat Report, December 2011. You may also download the Executive Summary.