About Washington Sea Grant
Washington Sea Grant serves communities, industries and the people of Washington state, the Pacific Northwest and the nation through research, education and outreach by:
- identifying and addressing important marine issues;
- providing better tools for management of the marine environment and use of its resources; and
- initiating and supporting strategic partnerships within the marine community.
Established in 1968, Washington Sea Grant (WSG) began as a federal experiment in local investment, building on the University of Washington’s academic strengths in marine science, engineering and policy. In 1971, it became one of the first four programs designated nationally as a Sea Grant College.
Today, WSG and the University of Washington is part of a national network of 33 Sea Grant colleges administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. This network provides a stable national infrastructure of programs in every coastal and Great Lakes state and in Puerto Rico, with an additional project in Guam.
Washington Sea Grant-sponsored research maximizes the productive use of marine resources while preserving and, if necessary, helping to restore the essential qualities of a healthy marine environment. Research is centered on five key program areas:
- Living Marine Resources
- Ecosystem Health
- New Technologies to Enhance Ocean Productivity
- Economic and Community Development
- Education, Training and Public Information
For more information, please see the Research Web page.
Outreach (Marine Advisory Services)
Outreach efforts are a central component of Sea Grant. Specialists in Marine Advisory Services and Communications, as well as WSG-funded researchers, work individually and in teams, reaching out to the marine community with program-generated information.
Marine Advisory Services links university resources and expertise with local communities and user groups. MAS specialists and field agents work in a broad range of topic areas including aquaculture, fisheries, coastal economic development, coastal tourism, ports and marine transportation, water quality, small oil spill prevention, public safety and safety at sea, marine and aquatic education, global environmental change, and marine technology training.
- For more information, please see the Outreach Web page.
WSG educates the workforce and informs the public as a means of sustaining the vitality of marine resources and the enviable lifestyle in Washington and the Pacific Northwest.
WSG works with institutions of higher learning throughout the state to maintain a high standard of teaching and research. It provides K-12 teacher training on marine topics and works closely with educational programs and information services to disseminate information on marine resources and the environment to the public.
Many WSG research and education projects involve the training of graduate and undergraduate students, as well as post-doctoral investigators. WSG presents students with opportunities to compete for many different fellowship and internship programs.
- For more information, please see the Education Web page.
Washington Sea Grant Communications keeps the public informed about current research and technology and promotes the understanding of marine issues among industry, educators and marine resource users.
The Communications office maintains a publications database, produces and distributes informational brochures, pamphlets and books, creates public exhibits and responds to media inquiries about Sea Grant activities and research.
- For more information, please see the Communications Web page.
The WSG Advisory Committee provides general program oversight, direction and advice. The Committee was established in August 2006 with an initial core membership of eight key stakeholders and federal and state partners, as well as two ex-officio members:
Coalition of Coastal Fisheries
Pacific County Marine Resource Committee
Columbia River Crab Fishermen's Association
Environmental Toxicologist (retired)
NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center
Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding
Clallam County Board of Commissioners
Director of Marine Conservation
The Nature Conservancy, Washington
Fisheries Policy Spokesperson
Quinault Indian Nation
Natural Resources Program Director
Washington State University Extension
Manager, Coastal & Shorelands Section
Washington Department of Ecology
Marine Science Practitioner
Jefferson County Marine Resource Committee
Philips Publishing Group
Bradley F. Smith, PhD
Fish & Wildlife Commission
Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife
John E. Stein, PhD
Science and Research Director
NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center
Washington Fish Growers Association
Margaret Tudor, PhD
Pacific Education Institute
Jacques White, PhD
Long Live the Kings
Washington Sea Grant
Lisa J. Graumlich, PhD
College of the Environment, University of Washington