Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station celebrates 25 years
SOUTH BEACH — Thanks to its designation as Oregon’s Land Grant University, Oregon State University has 11 agricultural experiment stations located throughout the state. At these scattered facilities, scientists and students conduct applied research to improve agricultural techniques, conserve natural resources and assist agricultural communities economically. These outposts, often located on former farms with large acreages of land surrounding them, support collaborative research where scientists respond to issues important to the local community.
One of these stations, the first one of its kind in the country, is not like the others. The Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station (COMES), headquartered at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in South Beach and the Seafood Lab in Astoria, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. COMES conducts research on Oregon’s marine resources and coastal ecosystems with the goal of guiding sustainable use of these resources to benefit coastal communities and the whole state, region, and nation.
Gil Sylvia, the director of COMES, explained that, like the other agricultural experiment stations, COMES’ mission is threefold: “We focus on research that will help provide economic benefits, social support, and resource conservation to coastal communities.”
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