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Hatfield Marine Science Center

2030 SE Marine Science Dr, Newport, Oregon 97365 USA

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“Discover the Deep Blue!”

Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC) is a marine science research and education center next to Yaquina Bay of the Pacific Ocean in the U.S. state of Oregon. It is operated by Oregon State University (OSU) in cooperation with five state and federal agencies co-located on site. Named after Mark Hatfield, a former U.S. Senator from Oregon, the HMSC occupies a site in Newport.

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June 17, 2015

The Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC) is a research and teaching facility located on the Yaquina Bay estuary, about one mile from the open waters of the Pacific Ocean. HMSC plays an integral role in programs of marine and estuarine research and instruction, as a laboratory facility serving resident scientists, as a base for far-ranging oceanographic studies, and as a classroom for students. The various marine habitats in close proximity to the Hatfield Marine Science Center are ideal sites for ecological studies and provide a rich flora and fauna for laboratory investigations as it the Yaquina Bay estuary provides a gradient from marine to freshwater habitats with extensive intertidal sand and mud flats as well as salt marsh areas. Visitor Center Hours - Summer: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week, Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day Winter: Thursday through Monday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

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