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Can Oregon stem the loss of complex kelp ecosystems?

Kelp’s leaves and stems grow in coastal waters, sheltering all sorts of organisms — even tiny shrimp eaten by whales. But kelp has been depleted on parts of the Pacific Coast. Now, proposals to update Oregon’s policy for its rocky shores aim to replenish those kelp forests.



Saving Oregon’s rocky coast: Checking in on the sea stars

Scientists don’t know why some types of sea stars are returning to Oregon while others were hit so hard by disease they’re critically endangered. Continued research at places like Cape Blanco on Oregon’s South Coast could provide insights.






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