A leader in research, outreach and education for nearly 50 years,
Washington Sea Grant helps people understand and address the challenges facing Washington’s ocean and coasts.


Become an Otter Spotter!

Woodland Park Zoo, with help from Washington Sea Grant, is studying North American river otter (Lontra canadensis) populations to better understand their relationships within Washington State ecosystems. Learn the difference between river otters, sea otters and other semi-aquatic mammals in this four-page brochure.

Assess, Anticipate and Adapt

How can U.S. coastal communities respond to ocean acidification? WSG staff Melissa Poe, Melissa Watkinson and Meg Chadsey are on a team recently awarded a NOAA Ocean Acidification Program regional vulnerability assessment grant to study how ocean acidification will impact Olympic Coast tribal communities.


WSG News

Crab Team

The Coast Nerd Gazette

The Washington Coast Economist
On the Water’s Edge

Sea Life



April 4-6

Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference

The most comprehensive event of its kind in the region, this conference will assemble scientists, First Nations and tribal government representatives, resource managers, community and business leaders, policymakers, educators, and students to present the latest research and guide future action to protect and restore the Salish Sea ecosystem.

Our Northwest

Exceptionally beautiful and teaming with life, Washington State enjoys a unique marine environment and relationship with the sea. Washington Sea Grant works with communities, scientists, businesses and government to strengthen this relationship and ensure the responsible use of the marine resources in our Northwest. Read more about how Washington Sea Grant is providing resources to ensure the protection of our marine life, fisheries and shellfish. 

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Funding opportunities

John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship

Highly qualified graduate students interested in the national policies affecting ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources are matched with host offices in the legislative and executive branches of the federal government in Washington, D.C. for a one-year fellowship.

NOAA Fisheries – Sea Grant Joint Fellowship

This program provides Ph.D students with two to three years of funding for research on marine resource economics or population and ecosystem dynamics. Fellows partner with their graduate advisors and a National Marine Fisheries Service scientist to conduct their research.

NOAA Coastal Management Fellowship

This two-year program provides on-the-job education and training opportunities in coastal resource management and policy. Fellows are matched with state coastal resource agencies and nonprofit organizations to work on projects proposed by the hosts and selected by the NOAA Office for Coastal Management.

WSG Marc Hershman Marine Policy Fellowship

For one year, WSG Hershman fellows are teamed with mentors in state government or an NGO host office in Olympia, Tacoma or Seattle, working on ocean and coastal science and management issues.

Program Development

WSG sets aside a portion of its federal budget for small grants that allow timely responses to new or changing needs and provide the capacity to plan and begin implementing emerging program areas.

2019 Sea Grant Funding

Undercurrent News reports on strong bipartisan support for the National Sea Grant College Program.