Join us to help design a center for seafood systems and innovation!


Nearly 100 state, regional, national, and international experts came together for a workshop May 14‐16, 2018, in Newport, Oregon, to further develop a framework for a program centered around seafood systems and innovation at Oregon State University. The workshop provided opportunities for participants to tour local facilities related to wild fisheries and aquaculture production.

Meeting documents: Visit our workshop documents page for summary, materials, and speaker information. 

Keynote speakers on the future of seafood

  • Richard (Rick) Spinrad, OSU Professor of Oceanography and former NOAA Chief Scientist and OSU Vice President for Research
  • Carol Sanford, speaker and author of The Regenerative Business, Executive in Residence and Senior Fellow in Social Innovation at Babson College, and recipient of the Thought Leader Lifetime Achievement Award from Trust Across America‐Trust Around the World
  • Thor Sigfusson, Founder and Chairman of the Iceland Ocean Cluster


Other workshop features:

  • Highly interactive “Ignite” sessions of dynamic, short presentations followed by small group work to focus on key elements of a food systems approach to seafood and how a university‐based center could provide expertise and leadership on topics such as:
  • improving system efficiencies,
  • promoting and conserving wild fisheries and aquaculture,
  • increasing value in the food system, and
  • training current and future workforces.
  • Panels of seafood leaders from a diversity of backgrounds in research, education, and supply chains share their visions about the future and major issues for a center to meaningfully address.
  • Research and culinary chefs from Oregon will share their perspectives and seafood creations throughout the workshop.


  • May 14 (started 12:30 pm) and May 15 (all day) at the Center for Health Education, 740 SW 9th Street, Newport, OR
  • May 16 (morning) at the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center, 333 SE Bay Blvd, Newport, OR
General agenda- updated May 10

Monday, May 14th Center for Health Education



Pre-workshop tours

11:30 AM Doors Open
12:30 AM


Workshop purpose and the Marine Studies Initiative


Expert Panel

Networking Break

featuring guest chef demos

Ignite Session

Keynote: Visionary Systems Thinking with Carol Sanford


Dinner and presentation at Hatfield Marine Science Center

Thor Sigfusson, Iceland Ocean Cluster

guest chefs' food and cash bar

*NOTE: Space is very limited. Only registrants are confirmed to attend. We may be able to accomodate travel companions, however. Contact us to see if space is available.


Tuesday, May 15th Center for Health Education



Continental Breakfast available 7:30 am

starts at 8:30 AM

Opening Remarks

Keynote: Rick Spinrad

Ignite Sessions and small group work


Program planning forum with interactive small groups

Ignite sessions


Happy Hour Reception

Featuring appetizers and beverages (cash-bar)


Wednesday, May 16th Maritime Museum



Continental Breakfast available 7:30 am

starts at 8:30 AM

Results from Day 2

Group sessions to identify key elemnets of center

Adjourn 12:00 PM
Afternoon Tours in Newport Area