2017 Keynote Speaker Dr. Richard “Rick” Spinrad

Keynote Speaker Dr. Rick Spinrad

Keynote Speaker Dr. Rick Spinrad

Dr. Spinrad will kick off the conference talking about “The Ecosystem of Innovation Addressing Coastal Issues”. With his vast experience working in different political climates, Dr. Spinrad is insightful and inspirational, usually with a bit of humor.

Dr. Spinrad, is an internationally recognized scientist and executive with more than 35 years of experience, most recently as the Chief Scientist for NOAA, driving policy and program direction for science and technology priorities.


State of the Coast 2017 

THEME:  Innovation

8:30am            Welcome Shelby Walker, OSU/Oregon Sea Grant and Marion Rossi, OSU/College of Liberal Arts

8:45am            Keynote Rick Spinrad “The Ecosystem of Innovation Addressing Coastal Issues”

9:30am            BREAK

9:50am            Coastal Snapshots

  1. Update on invasive Green Crabs—Sylvia Yamada, OSU
  2. The Oregon coast through a federal legislative lens —Courtney Flathers, Field Representative, Office of U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley
  3. Why Don’t We Eat Local Seafood?—Jennifer Burns Bright, food writer
  4. Student artist at sea on the Pacific Storm—Abi Losli, artist
  5. Pyrosomes—what are we seeing this year?—Hilarie Sorensen, UO
  6. Seafood Traceability and Availability – Gil Sylvia, OSU

11:30am          Poster and Art Session

12:30pm          LUNCH

1:30 pm   Breakout Session #1

  1. Innovations in Coastal Governance
  • Deb Boone, House District 32- Astoria
  • David Brock Smith, House District 1- Gold Beach
  • David Gomberg, House District 10- Newport
  • Caddy McKeown, House District 9- Coos Bay
  • Arnie Roblan, Senate District 5- Florence
  • Rick Spinrad, NOAA (retired)
  • Terry Thompson, Lincoln County Commissioner
  1. Innovations in Ocean Condition Forecasting
  • Ocean Observing and Data Assimilation, Craig Risien, OSU
  • Forecasting and Reporting Coastal Ocean Weather, Sven Nelaimischkies, National Weather Service
  • Making Commercial Decisions Based on Forecasts, Bob Kemp, Commercial Fisherman
  • Using Forecasts to Make Recreational Decisions, Charlie Plybon, Surfrider Foundation
  1. The Creative Coast: Innovations in Arts Learning and Community Engagement
  • Michael Boonstra, Amy Gibson, Hunter Keller, Andy Myers, Paris Gabrielle Myers, Charles Robinson and Jazzmin Smith.
  1. Innovations in Seafood: The science of Fresh vs. Frozen
  • Tyson Rasor, Ecotrust
  • Keith Cox, Seafood Analytics
  • Ann Colonna, Food Innovation Center

2:30 – 2:45pm  BREAK

2:45pm   Breakout Session #2

  1. Managing the Estuary for Everyone
  • Growing Oysters in Oregon, Brett Dumbauld, USDA-ARS
  • Estuary planning, Jill Rolfe, Coos County Planner
  • DEQ updates and impacts, Lori Steele, West Coast Seafood Processors
  • Green crabs, Sylvia Yamada, OSU
  1. Innovations in Marine Mammal Observation
  • Leigh Torres, OSU Marine Mammal Institute and Oregon Sea Grant
  1. Innovations in Gear and Technology
  • Commercial Fishing: Sara Skamser, Foulweather Trawl
  • Marine Archaeology: Chris Dewy, Maritime Archeological Society
  • Science: Walt Waldorf, OSU
  • High School Competitions: Alexander Rash and Gatlin Andrews, Newport High School / OSU
  1. Innovative seafood products and approaches (Cooking Demo)
  • Jon Trusty, chef
  • Kaety Jacobson, OSU

3:45pm            Capnote and Awards

4:00pm            Reception and Awesome Raffle