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50 Years of Washington Sea Grant

Updated:  Sept 29, 2021

We’re celebrating Washington Sea Grant’s 50th anniversary year with a variety of stories and events

Since its inception, Washington Sea Grant (WSG) has been uniting resources from federal, state and our local universities to provide tools, guidance and services benefiting the marine environment, economy and people of Washington.

This year, we celebrate our first 50 years of service with you. Help us look back and reflect upon the hurdles met and innovations gained  ­— and look ahead and plan for an inspiring next 50 years.

We invite you to attend events with our partners, fellow scientists, communities and friends online through a series of events and activities including a 50 th Anniversary Lunch & Learn series of presentations in partnership with UW EarthLab, plus blog posts featuring historical photos,  conversations and memories from years past, and an end-of-the-year celebration and panel discussion.

Visit our “Looking Back on 50 Years Photo Series”

We’re digging through our photo archives and sharing dozens of photos from past Sea Grant years. Also scroll through Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for the best #Thursday Throwback stories and old photos we could find.

Coming next:

50th Anniversary Celebration and Panel Discussion: Honoring past directors and a look 50 years ahead
new date:  November 17, 2021 — We’re going virtual!

This virtual event will be an opportunity for advocates, partners and staff to discuss accomplishments of lasting impact and share their visions of how WSG can help create a positive future for Washington’s coastal and shoreline communities.


  • Honoring past directors
  • Storymap and video
  • Panel Discussion
  • Toast to our partners

Watch for registration information for these events and more in upcoming newsletters.

We completed a popular series of  50th Anniversary Lunch & Learns with UW Earthlab: 

  • Saving the Albatross: Seabird bycatch innovations: March 13, 2021
  •  Planning for Future Sea Level Rise:  May 11, 2021
  • Getting in the Mud: WSG Crab Team and the invasive European green crab: July 13, 2021