About Us


WSG envisions collaboration at all levels — local, state, regional, national and international — to restore and protect a healthy marine environment. Managers rely on science-based knowledge in making decisions that affect marine ecosystems. Communities prosper socially, culturally and economically from the benefits these ecosystems provide. Individuals take active roles in conserving and nurturing the natural marine environment for themselves and for future generations.


WSG is dedicated to improving the translation of research and scientific information into knowledge for use in the marine environment. WSG serves communities, businesses, managers and the people of Washington state, the Pacific Northwest and the nation by:

  • identifying and addressing important marine issues;
  • providing better tools for management of the marine environment and use of its resources; and
  • initiating and supporting strategic partnerships within the marine community.

Through research, outreach, education and communication, WSG helps sustain economic development while encouraging ecosystem-based approaches to management of Washington’s ocean and coasts.


Established in 1968, Washington Sea Grant (WSG) began as a federal experiment in local investment, building on the University of Washington’s academic strengths in marine science, engineering and policy. In 1971, WSG  became one of the first four programs designated nationally as a Sea Grant College.

Today, WSG supports marine research and education and works with communities, managers, businesses, academic institutions, and the public to strengthen understanding and sustainable use of ocean and coastal resources.

Based at the University of Washington (UW) College of the Environment, WSG is part of a national network of 33 Sea Grant programs that is administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and funded through federal-university partnerships.


Washington Sea Grant-sponsored research maximizes the productive use of marine resources while preserving and, if necessary, helping to restore the essential qualities of a healthy marine environment.  Research is centered on five key program areas:

  • Living Marine Resources
  • Ecosystem Health
  • New Technologies to Enhance Ocean Productivity
  • Economic and Community Development
  • Education, Training, and Public Information

For more information go to Research.


Partnerships are a cornerstone of the Sea Grant model. WSG collaborates with federal, state, and local government, Washington tribes, schools districts, and businesses on a wide variety of marine-related research and education projects. To learn more, contact wsgres@u.washington.edu

Marine Advisory Services 

Specialists in Marine Advisory Services work individually and in teams, reaching out to the marine community with applicable, program-generated information.

Marine Advisory Services links university resources and expertise with local communities and user groups. MAS specialists and field agents work in a broad range of topic areas including aquaculture, fisheries, coastal economic development, coastal tourism, ports and marine transportation, water quality, small oil spill prevention, public safety and safety at sea, marine and aquatic education, global environmental change, and marine technology training.

For more information go to Community Outreach.


WSG educates the workforce and informs the public as a means of sustaining the vitality of marine resources and the enviable lifestyle in Washington and the Pacific Northwest.

WSG works with institutions of higher learning throughout the state to maintain a high standard of teaching and research. WSG staff provide K-12 teacher training on marine topics and work closely with educational programs and information services state-wide to disseminate information on marine resources and the environment to the public.

Many WSG research and education projects involve the training of graduate and undergraduate students, as well as post-doctoral investigators. WSG presents students with opportunities to compete for many different fellowship and internship programs.

For more information go to Ocean Learning.


Washington Sea Grant Communications keeps the public informed about current research and technology and promotes the understanding of marine issues among industry, educators and marine resource users.

The Communications office maintains a publications database, produces and distributes informational brochures, pamphlets and books, creates public exhibits, and responds to media inquiries about Sea Grant activities and research. For more information go to Press Room.