Science on Tap in South Beach


“The International Gulf of Alaska Expedition: Using a Russian research ship to study salmon on the high seas” will be the topic of the Hatfield Marine Science Center’s next Science on Tap event, which takes place on Wednesday, May 8, at Rogue Ales’ Brewers on the Bay, located at 2320 SE Marine Science Drive in South Beach.

The presenter will be Laurie Weitkamp, salmon biologist with NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center.

“Pacific salmon spend the majority of their life in the ocean, but many details are poorly understood,” says Weitkamp. “For example, we only have a vague sense of where they go, what they eat or how fast they grow during the one to six years that salmon typically spend in the ocean.”  

To begin to understand period, the International Gulf of Alaska Expedition spent a month this winter in the Gulf of Alaska studying salmon on board the Russian research ship Professor Kaganovskiy. This expedition is the signature event for the International Year of the Salmon (yearofthesalmon.org).

Doors open at 5:15 p.m., and the presentation will begin at 6 p.m. The family-friendly event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and early arrival is recommended. Food and beverage will be available for purchase from the regular menu. 

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