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The latest goings-on at the MidCoast Watersheds Council

Monthly Meeting, October 2018

MidCoast Watersheds Council


The Blob, El Nino, and the Biological Response Across the Northeast Pacific

Thursday October 4th, 2018 6:30 PM 

Newport Visual Arts Center

777 NW Beach Dr. Newport, OR 97365

 Laurie Weitkamp, Salmon Biologist at NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center

Laurie Weitkamp, Salmon Biologist at NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center


Since 2014, an extended marine heat wave has been present across the Northeast Pacific Ocean.  This has resulted in dramatic changes to marine ecosystems at all trophic levels from diatoms (microscopic algae) to fish to marine mammals. The MidCoast Watersheds Council invites the public to attend a presentation by Laurie Weitkamp on changing ocean conditions on October 4th, 2018 at 6:30 PM in Newport.  The meeting will be held in room 205 (upstairs) at the Newport Visual Arts Center at Nye Beach.  Refreshments will be served.

This presentation provides an update on how the Blob and El Niño have changed the ocean and what the biological response to those changes has been, including on salmon and other fish found in our local area.  These impacts are continuing, due to biological lags and invasions of new species such as pyrosomes, commonly called “sea-pickles”. These strange looking creatures can be found in huge numbers and rockfish have been found with these indigestible creatures filling their stomachs.

Laurie Weitkamp has been a Salmon Biologist at NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center since 1992.  Her research focuses on the ecology of salmon in estuarine and marine environments, including how physical conditions influence biological processes that are important for survival. This topic includes documenting the impacts of recent anomalous conditions on marine ecosystems across the North Pacific Ocean. 

Come hear about what has and is going on in the ocean with predictions for the near future. We hope to see you on Thursday, October 4th at the Newport VAC.


Pyrosome (Pyrosoma atlanticum). Image credit: NOAA