Boating Program Specialist
NW Maritime Center
431 Water St
Port Townsend, WA 98368
As Washington Sea Grant’s Boating Program Specialist, Aaron Barnett works with boat owners, marina operators, and port managers to keep Washington’s waters safe for people and wildlife. Based in Port Townsend, Aaron manages Pumpout Washington, a partnership with the Washington State Parks Boating Program that keeps sewage out of local waterways. Since he piloted the program in 2012, Aaron has distributed more than 3,000 kits that make it easier and cleaner for boaters to dispose of wastewater properly. He also works with marinas to install pump-out stations, with more than 150 now located throughout the state.
Previously, Aaron was the owner–operator of Proactive Environmental, which designed and supplied pumping systems to the marine and aerospace industries. While in the U.S. Coast Guard, he served as an underway watch officer and navigator responsible for search and rescue, maritime law, and fisheries enforcement; he also served various positions in the U.S. Merchant Marines. Aaron holds a Bachelor of Arts in interdisciplinary arts and sciences and received a Master of Marine Affairs from the University of Washington School of Marine and Environmental Affairs.