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.


Two Staff Awards Received

Congratulations to WSG Marine Education Specialist Maile Sullivan for earning the 2018 Outstanding Informal Educator of the Year award and WSG Boating Specialist Aaron Barnett for receiving an outstanding environmental leadership award by Northwest Yachting.

Announcing New Social Science Blog

Learn about our social science projects and collaborations in the new Coastal Connections blog covering the human dimensions of coasts and oceans.

Public Comments Sought for WSG Review

WSG will be reviewed on February 12 – 14, 2019 by a team convened by the National Sea Grant Program. The review will be conducted at the UW and this notice invites you to participate in our review. Please submit written comments by Monday, February 4, 2019 to the National Sea Grant Office at oar.sg.feedback@noaa.gov. Thank you!

How Ocean Acidification Impacts Salmon

In a new study published in Global Change Biology, WSG-funded researchers find that rising CO2 emissions could harm a culturally and economically important Pacific Northwest species by impairing salmons’ sense of smell.

King Tides Are Coming

Announcing a new king tides website with a calendar and map of upcoming king tides – and a new app for sharing your photos of king tides from around the state.

Washington Sea Grant Wins 2018 Aquaculture Research Award

NOAA Sea Grant awarded funding for a WSG project to research strategies for understanding public perception of domestic finfish aquaculture.


January 22

King Tides Viewing Party in Raymond 

The Nature Conservancy will co-host a Washington Sea Grant king tides viewing party. All are invited to take pictures of king tides from the shoreline and learn about sea level rise in this community. 

January 25

King Tides Viewing Party in Oak Harbor

A public event in Oak Harbor presented by Washington Sea Grant offers an opportunity to learn about king tides.

February 2

Learn to Protect Your Vessel from Marine Corrosion

Take a one-day workshop on how to manage marine corrosion. This is a hands-on class for recreational boaters, commercial fishermen and other marine professionals.

February 6

Understanding and Using Sea Level Rise Projections

Join this free workshop to learn about sea level rise projections in Washington State as well as tips for how to best interpret the data and plan effectively for the future.

February 13

Wild Seafood Exchange

Washington Sea Grant is proud to cosponsor the 2019 Wild Seafood Exchange, which invites independent commercial fishermen to direct market their catch for a day-long exchange of ideas and innovations.  Wild Seafood Exchange has been bringing fishermen, restaurants, and retailers together since 2004. For registration details see event page.


February 23

Orca Bowl 2019

Each year, high school students from across Washington come together for a day of friendly competition and exciting enrichment experiences at Orca Bowl, the state’s regional National Ocean Sciences Bowl® (NOSB) event. Washington Sea Grant partners with UW’s College of the Environment to offer the program. To learn more about volunteer trainings, see our events calendar.

March 11 & 12

26th Conference For Shellfish Growers

Register now for the Conference for Shellfish Growers, bringing together shellfish producers, researchers, students and managers from the Pacific Northwest to discuss pressing issues and relevant research on aquaculture.

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 and Fellowships

2019 Request for Proposals

WSG is now requesting proposals for one-to-two-year projects from investigators at academic, research and education institutions throughout the state of Washington. Preliminary proposals must be received by 5:00 p.m. PST on February 27. 

WSG will host an Outreach Workshop to brief potential PIs on the Sea Grant program on February 7, 2019.  Investigators are strongly encouraged to attend.

Accepting Applications for the 2020 Knauss Fellowship

Applications for the Dean John A. Knauss Fellowship are now being accepted. The deadline is February 22, 2019. Selected graduates will work in Washington, D.C. to develop and implement policies on ocean and coastal management, fisheries and marine resources.

Now Accepting Applications for the 2019 NMFS-Sea Grant Joint Fellowship

Applications are now being accepted for the NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service-Sea Grant Joint Fellowship. The deadline is January 30, 2019. NOAA Fisheries – Sea Grant Fellows gain direct experiences working closely with NOAA experts on thesis issues of public interest and relevance to NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS).

Now Accepting Applications for NOAA Coastal Management Fellowship

The deadline for applications is January 18, 2019. Coastal Management fellows gain two years of experience with state coastal zone programs on projects proposed by the states and selected by NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management.

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 programs.