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Aug. 22, 2013 · By Cassandra Profita

Underwater Camera Films Fish Habitat Off Oregon's Coast

This week, the environmental group Oceana is collecting images from a high-definition video camera in the ocean off the Oregon Coast. As I reported for EarthFix, it's a research expedition with a cause: The group wants to use the footage to make its case closing more seafloor habitat to bottom trawl fishing.

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Filed under: Environment, Pacific Ocean, Oceana, Fisheries


June 12, 2013 · By Cassandra Profita

OSU Study Explains How Even A Little Ocean Acidification Can Kill Baby Oysters

A new study by Oregon State University researchers found that acidic water adds stress during a time when baby oysters are already in a "death race" to build their first shell. Researchers concluded that water with elevated carbon dioxide levels can cause the oysters to lose that race – even if the water isn't fully corrosive.

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Filed under: Environment, Pacific Ocean, Ocean acidification


May 17, 2012 · By Cassandra Profita

A Map Of U.S. Marine Protected Areas

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released a new map of all 1,700 marine protected areas in the country. A new report concludes 8 percent of all U.S. waters are protected by MPAs, though most allow fishing and other uses. No-fishing marine protected areas occupy only 3 percent of U.S. waters. Continue reading →

Filed under: Water, Pacific Ocean, Marine reserves


Feb. 07, 2012 · By Cassandra Profita

Oregon Senate Passes Marine Reserves Bill

Today the Oregon Senate voted 25-5 to approve three new marine reserves in state coastal waters. Continue reading →

Filed under: Fish & Wildlife, Pacific Ocean, Marine reserves


Jan. 13, 2012 · By Cassandra Profita

No Marine Reserve Near Coos Bay – For Now

This week, the International Port of Coos Bay decided not to recommend a marine reserve at Cape Arago – a site that includes Simpson Reef and North Cove, a rare elephant seal haul-out and great kelp bed just south of Coos Bay. Continue reading →

Filed under: Fish & Wildlife, Pacific Ocean, Cape Arago, Marine reserves


Dec. 14, 2011 · By Cassandra Profita

In court: The ripple effects of catching little fish

What’s the ecological ripple effect of catching little fish in the ocean? Continue reading →

Filed under: Fish & Wildlife, Pacific Ocean, Forage fish, Oceana, Pacific Fishery Management Council, Sardines


Nov. 28, 2011 · By Cassandra Profita

Snapshot: How green are Oregon's oceans?

I was on the coast for Thanksgiving and took a walk along the Clatsop Beach south of the Peter Iredale. At some point on the way back to the car I started collecting all the green garbage I saw on the beach. Little did I know what a pile I would collect! Continue reading →

Filed under: Pacific Ocean, Garbage, Pollution


Aug. 24, 2011 · By Cassandra Profita

Live from under the sea: A volcano!

It's fun to watch big projects come together. One of the benefits of getting older, I guess. I've been watching this undersea laboratory concept evolve for years now, so it's cool to see the pieces – namely the fiberoptic cable that will supply the lab's power and internet connections – fitting into place. Instruments in this lab will track fish migration, ocean acidification, weather trends and dissolved oxygen like never before. Continue reading →

Filed under: Pacific Ocean


July 01, 2011 · By Cassandra Profita

Ocean policy leaders: We're surprised you care

I spent this morning in an ocean policy listening session at Portland State University. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Chief Jane Lubchenco headlined a panel on the country's first ocean policy, which President Obama approved last year. Continue reading →

Filed under: Pacific Ocean, Jane Lubchenco, Kurt Schrader, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


April 07, 2011 · By Cassandra Profita

This is what liquefaction looks like

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Filed under: Pacific Ocean, Japan's tsunami



About Ecotrope

In the Pacific Northwest, the environment is personal - it's where we live, work and play. Oregon Public Broadcasting's Ecotrope will bring you news and insight on the region’s environmental issues. Site curator Cassandra Profita is an award-winning reporter with degrees in journalism and environmental studies.

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