Our team ventured out into the intertidal this month to carry out two days of mussel bed surveys, at Otter Rock and Cascade Head. The surveys were conducted by ODFW Marine Reserves Program staff, our OSU-MSI Science Integration Fellow, and our MSI Summer Intern Chantelle MacAdams. These surveys help understand how the mussel bed community is responding after sea star wasting disease.
Thanks to the help of captain Bob Browning, F/V Lady Lee out of Garibaldi, we were able to set out three oceanographic moorings this month: one at Cascade Head, one at Cape Falcon, and one at the Cape Meares Comparison Area. The moorings will be left in the water until October 2020 and are collecting data on temperature, salinity and oxygen.