Aquarium And Hatfield Center To Host Oregon Fisheries Day

August 03, 2009

The Oregon Coast Aquarium, Oregon Sea Grant and the Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC) are teaming up to offer Oregon Fisheries Day August 16. The day of activities taking place at both the Aquarium and HMSC will offer information about the crab and shrimp fisheries at the Aquarium and albacore tuna, salmon and sablefish fisheries at HMSC.

The idea came at a Scientist and Fisherman Exchange (SAFE) meeting last year, according to Kerry Carlin-Morgan, Aquarium Director of Public Programs. “One of our local fisherman talked about the need to educate the public about our local fisheries,” said Morgan. “Immediately after the meeting, we said, ‘he’s right!’ Now, what can we do about it?” Morgan said the goal of Fisheries Day is to share the success and importance of our local fisheries with the community.”

Visitors will be able to see fishing gear and talk to fisherman about the local fishing industry. There will be opportunities to try on a survival suit and taste samples of fresh local seafood. Hands on activities for children will include buoy painting and match the buoy to the correct boat and a shrimp craft. “Huey,” the inflatable crab will greet visitors at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. There will be a dock walk, a seafood talk by Local Ocean Seafoods owner, Laura Anderson, information tables, activities and crafts.

“There is a lot of information on commercial fisheries, not all of it is accurate. We do have local, sustainable, and well managed fisheries in Oregon. This goal of this event is to give people an opportunity to learn a little more about our local fisheries from the people who catch them and to have fun,” said Kaety Hildenbrand, Oregon Sea Grant Extension Marine Fisheries Educator.

Oregon Fisheries Day Schedule of Activities:

Kids activities and crafts throughout the day at both locations
Related films will be shown throughout the day at HMSC
Special exhibits, fishing gear displays, sea safety stations, and local fisheries experts
Locations: Oregon Coast Aquarium (OCAQ), Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC)

10 am – Grand opening of the new “Sustainable Fisheries” exhibit HMSC
10:30 – Noon Activities and crafts (OCAQ and HMSC)
12 pm – “Sustainable Seafood” (OCA) - Free seafood samples(Crab and Shrimp at OCQ; Tuna and Sablefish at HMSC)
1 pm – Activities and Crafts (OCAQ and HMSC)
2 pm – Michelle Longo Eder “Salt in Our Blood” Book Reading and signing (HMSC)
3 pm – “Fisherman to Plate” (OCAQ)
4:30 pm – Dock Walk (Meet at Local Ocean/Pier 5 – Bayfront)