Stay Eat Events Weather Beaches

Oregon Coast Scientists: Bad News About Invasive Species and Increased Plastics

Published 10/10/2017 at 6:57 PM PDT
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff

Oregon Coast Scientists: Bad News About Invasive Species and Increased Plastics

(Newport, Oregon) - A new study by Hatfield Marine Science Center / Oregon State University scientists indicates a troubling future for the Oregon coast and invasive species, along with unsettling revelations on how all this links to plastics in the ocean as well as climate change.

Marine scientists John Chapman and Jessica Miller were co-authors on the study, finding that invasive species were much more resilient than previously thought, having survived longer on their trips to Oregon from Japan than scientists believed possible. Moreover, they seem to be carried in great numbers by plastics and not just wood, ship and building debris, which was thought to be the primary mode of transportation across the ocean. Essentially, more species are arriving by plastics.

Latest Coastal Lodging News Alerts
In Seaside:
Includes exclusive listings; Incredible specials now
In Cannon Beach:
Deals in full force now
In Manzanita, Wheeler, Rockaway Beach:
Check each listing for specials
In Pacific City, Oceanside:
Fantastic Deals for Winter
In Lincoln City:
Deals on rooms everywhere
In Depoe Bay, Gleneden Beach:
Specials abound
In Newport:
Specials and deals like crazy
In Waldport
New amenities offered; specials
In Yachats, Florence
Many specials; lodgings not listed anywhere else

To add another layer of concern: the increasing frequency and severity of hurricanes and other weather disasters dumps even more plastics into the ocean. This, researchers believe, will give even more invasive species a free ride.

Scientists found that coastal species from Japan were surviving four or more years than expected, as they came over via tsunami debris.

“One thing this event has taught us is that some of these organisms can be extraordinarily resilient,” Chapman said. “When we first saw species from Japan arriving in Oregon, we were shocked. We never thought they could live that long, under such harsh conditions. It would not surprise me if there were species from Japan that are out there living along the Oregon coast. In fact, it would surprise me if there weren’t.”

Discoveries of more creatures – often capable of reproducing – were discovered in the last year.

After a decline in wood debris in 2014, scientists discovered tiny creatures were coming over on plastics, fiberglass and styrofoam.

This sent off more alarms, as the researchers from OSU and the Hatfield pieced together alarming statistics: every year the ocean gets hit with more than 10 million tons of plastic waste from almost 200 countries.

James Carlton, an internationally known invasive species expert with the Maritime Studies Program of Williams College and Mystic Seaport, was lead author on the study that involved those from Oregon.

“Given that hurricanes and typhoons that could sweep large amounts of debris into the oceans are predicted to increase due to global climate change, there is huge potential for the amount of marine debris in the oceans to increase significantly,” Carlton said.

Oregon Coast Lodgings for this - Where to eat - Maps - Virtual Tours Below: more invasive species found in recent years:






Photos above: Seaside Aquarium



More About Oregon Coast hotels, lodging.....

More About Oregon Coast Restaurants, Dining.....

 

Oregon Coast event or adventure you can't miss

 



Coastal Spotlight


LATEST Related Oregon Coast Articles

Eleven Quakes Rattle Off Oregon Coast on Saturday
Scientists say these clusters of quakes are not unusual. Sciences, South Coast
Newport, Depoe Bay in Summer: Oregon Coast July, August Preview
A ton to do during summer in Newport. Even Depoe Bay gets in on the act. Newport events
Latest Deceased Whale on Oregon Coast: Cause of Death Still Not Conclusive
All the test results are not yet in after a week. Seaside Aquarium, science
N. Oregon Coast Summer: July Preview of Astoria, Seaside, Cannon Beach
Astoria, Seaside events and Cannon Beach kick out the jams when it comes to beachy fun
Oregon Astronomy: Summer Solstice Facts, Parties in Coast Range, Portland
Star watching parties in Portland and in the Oregon Coast Range to celebrate
A Summer of Fun at Lincoln City, Oregon Coast: July Preview
Music, food, numerous outdoor excursions, theater, movie matinees, and a look at Bigfoot and Pixieland. Lincoln City events
Water Advisory Expired for One of Oregon Coast's Most Popular Towns - Cannon ...
Expired health advisory, warning against wading in the ocean waters because of fecal matter
Quirky, Mysterious Sides of Depoe Bay Emerge with New Little Oregon Coast Parks
Two places with the same name, some odd finds and some somber ones

Back to Oregon Coast

Contact Advertise on BeachConnection.net
All Content, unless otherwise attributed, copyright BeachConnection.net Unauthorized use or publication is not permitted

Oregon Coast Lodging
Rentals
Specials

Dining

Events Calendar

Oregon Coast Weather

Travel News

Search for Oregon Coast Subjects, Articles

Virtual Tours, Maps
Deep Details