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A WSG Social Science Blog

An Economic Dashboard for Washington’s Coastal Communities

Creating a Baseline Understanding of Washington Coastal Economies The Washington Marine Spatial Plan was completed in June of 2018. The Plan provides guidance to evaluate potential new uses in the waters off Washington’s coast such as renewable energy, mining, dredged...

Sustaining the Subsistence Value and Cultural Seafood Practices associated with Commercial Fisheries of the United States West Coast

Every Spring, an active group of applied social scientists gathers for the Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) meeting. The SfAA has a mighty cohort of salty researchers ––so mighty that there is now a Fisheries and Coastal Topical Interest Group, voluntarily led...

Human well-being indicators help decision-makers develop sustainable and equitable solutions for coastal communities and environments, Part I

Understanding human–sea interactions is crucial to developing equitable and sustainable management strategies. In recent years, resource managers and ecosystem scientists have sought to incorporate measures of socioeconomic conditions into their evaluation of coastal...

Landing at Swinomish: Tribal Canoe Journey and Community Health

Canoe Journey: An Introduction Nearly 120 canoes from tribes and First Nations across the Salish Sea and Pacific Northwest participated in the Power Paddle to Puyallup in this year’s tribal canoe journey hosted by the Puyallup Tribe July 27th through August 4th....

Social Science at the American Fisheries Society meeting

Case studies in building resilient fishing communities, social science at the American Fisheries Society meeting Washington Sea Grant social scientist Melissa Poe and graduate fellow Lauren Drakopulos organized a symposium for the 2018 American Fisheries Society...

Shared Connections: Equity and Social Science at the Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference

The 30th annual Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference (SSEC)   was held in Seattle, WA April 4-6, 2018. The SSEC gathers “scientists, First Nations and tribal government representatives, resource managers, community and business leaders, policy makers, educators, and...