Provided by Yaquina Bay Ocean Observing Initiative
Ocean Observing: A New Economic Engine for Newport?
While most of the community knows that NOAA’s new Marine Operations Center – Pacific Fleet Headquarters has come to Newport, fewer are aware that the National Science Foundation is in the process of investing tens of millions of dollars in a cutting-edge array of oceanographic equipment that will be installed in the ocean off the Pacific Northwest. It will gather data about the ocean for at least the next 30 years. This initiative adds to the existing kaleidoscope of other ocean research activities already underway and based in Newport. A working group of scientists, port representatives and business interests has been meeting to discuss how these activities can be turned into economic development opportunities for the greater Newport region.
The group’s effort, called the Yaquina Bay Ocean Observing Initiative (YBOOI), will hold a public meeting in mid-July to provide information to the community about upcoming scientific and economic development activities. It will also solicit public opinion on how to position Newport as a hub for ocean observing and other scientific and general economic development activities in the Pacific Northwest.
“Ocean observing and other marine research could be an economic driver in this region, if we are proactive,” said YBOOI Co-chair John Lavrakas of Advanced Research Corporation. “We could provide everything from warehousing to ship maintenance, and we could attract other businesses that develop and service instruments and create educational products using ocean observing data. But we’d like to hear more ideas.
The public meeting will be Thursday, July 14 at 7:00 pm at the Hennings Auditorium of the Hatfield Marine Science Center. All are invited to participate. At this meeting attendees will hear from speakers on a range of scientific initiatives and related economic development opportunities. They will be invited to provide their thoughts on issues to be considered as YBOOI moves forward.
For more information, please contact YBOOI Project Coordinator Nancy Steinberg at email@example.com.