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Business opps grow with expanded marine research facilities in Newport

Posted: Friday, Feb 15th, 2013

NOAA Vessels at the NOAA Marine Operations Center – Pacific in Newport. About $1 billion has been invested in recent years in marine research infrastructure on the central Oregon coast. (courtesy photo)

NEWPORT — Newport is the fastest-growing center of marine research and education on the West Coast. This coastal town is now the home of the Hatfield Marine Science Center, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Marine Operations Center – Pacific, a major portion of the Ocean Observatories Initiative, which is funded in part by the National Science Foundation, and a wave energy test site for the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center.

Newport also serves at the gateway to the ocean for the world-class marine research conducted by nearby Oregon State University.

About $1 billion has been invested in marine research infrastructure in the Newport area and the nearby ocean in recent years.

A group that has long-advocated for exploring the economic development potential of the marine research sector is now sponsoring a major conference in Newport aimed at informing businesses and other potential partners about the opportunities that are blooming in Newport and the surrounding region.

The Yaquina Bay Ocean Observing Initiative (YBOOI) is sponsoring the inaugural Newport Ocean Observing Conference April 30 and May 1 in Newport. This event will provide opportunities for organizations and companies to explore mutually beneficial business development opportunities in the marine sciences on the Oregon coast.

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