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.


The Impacts of Vessel Traffic on Orcas

WSG Knauss Fellow Grace Ferrara was interviewed by CBC Radio about her new report on how the presence of boats changes endagnered southern resident killer whale behavior, causing them to forage less and travel more.

Evaluating Human Well-Being for Ecosystem-Based Management

Melissa Poe, social scientist at WSG, co-authored a new paper with the Social Wellbeing Indicators for Marine Management (SWIMM) working group. The paper presents a new tool to help decision-makers carefully consider how people are affected by changes in the natural environment and by different management strategies.

Sea Grant Funding

Read about recent news on funding for Sea Grant and words of support from University of Washington President Ana Mari Cauce. Learn more

January 22

Learn About Becoming an Orca Bowl Volunteer!

Join us for a fun evening of volunteer training Tuesday, 5:30-7:30pm, near campus.

February 5

First Aid at Sea Workshop for Boaters

Effectively treat hypothermia, near drowning, shock, trauma, burns, fractures and more while on the water in this Coast Guard-approved workshop for commercial fishermen and boaters in Seattle.

February 16

First Aid at Sea Workshop for Boaters

A second workshop on First Aid at Sea is being offered a week later at Fishermen’s Terminal. Effectively treat hypothermia, near drowning, shock, trauma, burns, fractures and more while on the water.

March 5 & 6

25th Annual Shellfish Growers Conference

Celebrate 25 years of shellfish culture with WSG. This year, the conference will focus on shellfish culture and emerging issues as it brings together representatives from the shellfish industry, government and academia. For preliminary conference information, check here after January 15, 2018.

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

2018 NOAA Sea Grant
National Aquaculture Initiative —
Request for Proposals

WSG is now accepting proposals for the NOAA Sea Grant National Aquaculture Initiative. Proposals must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. PST on March 2, 2018.


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 implementation in emerging program areas.


John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship

This fellowship matches highly qualified graduate students interested in the national policies affecting ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resources to 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 PhD 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.