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.


New Radio Program Launched: Coastal Cafe

Washington Sea Grant, in partnership with KPTZ 91.9 FM in Port Townsend, has launched a science-based radio program called “Coastal Cafe” focusing on regional marine science news.

How to Save a Seabird

In a new study published in Conservation Biology and covered in Nature, WSG’s Ed Melvin and partners from Oregon State University and the Alaska Fisheries Science Center outline 23 years’ worth of fisheries observer data on seabird bycatch.

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.

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.



February 22

First Aid at Sea Workshop in Seattle

Be safe on the water. Take a Coast Guard-approved first aid at sea course covering CPR, patient assessment, hypothermia, cold water shock and other possible traumas.

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. 

Apply Now for the 2019 Spring-Summer Science Communications Fellowship

Applications for the WSG Science Communications Fellowship are now being accepted for graduate students. The deadline is March 15, 2019. Selected graduates will learn skills in science communications with a focus on marine science topics.

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 February 28, 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).

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.