Environmental DNA (Part 2): A Cautionary Carp Tale

March 3, 2022

This is the second in a series of posts sharing new research on the use of environmental DNA (eDNA) in detection of green crabs. For our introduction to eDNA, check out the previous post.

As a detection tool, the process of sampling eDNA is relatively simple, but interpreting results can actually be more complicated than you might expect. While the laboratory process and equipment might tell you – within some window of tolerance – whether green crab DNA ...

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Celebrating 50 Years of Brokering Lane Agreements Between Crabbers and Towboat Operators

November 8, 2021

Coastal Washington — This year marks the 50th anniversary of a little-known, but highly successful mariner’s agreement known as the “Crabber/Towboat Lane Agreement,” providing a positive example of what can be accomplished between disparate groups when both parties are committed to finding common ground.

In the 1970s, conflicts between oceangoing tugs and commercial crabbers became a major problem in Washington, Oregon and California. Crab pots fouled tugs as they moved between coastal ports, and the loss of crabbing gear ...

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27th Conference for Shellfish Growers Agenda

First convened by WSG in 1991, the Conference for Shellfish Growers brings together shellfish producers, researchers, students and managers from the Pacific Northwest to discuss pressing issues and relevant research on aquaculture. We look forward to another engaging and insightful conference this year.


March 1, 2021

8:30 am Welcome

  • Washington State Support for the Shellfish Industry During Pandemic COVID19 Outbreak.
  • NOAA Response to COVID-19 and the Seafood Industry.
  • Long Term Effect of Climate Change: Emerging HAB Hot Spots.
  • Advancing the science and management of invasive European ...
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Rising Trend of Local Consumers Connect to Washington Seafood

October 2, 2020

Governor Jay Inslee proclaims October Seafood Month

OLYMPIA / SEATTLE – Consumers have long had access to local Washington seafood through their favorite grocer or farmers’ market, but this October the state is celebrating Seafood Month by recognizing the growing trend to connect residents to those who supply this local bounty.

With reduced demand from restaurant, market, and global trade during the global COVID-19 pandemic, this Seafood Month Washington Sea Grant and the Washington departments of Fish ...

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Green Crab Trapping Resumes in the Salish Sea

May 13, 2019

The return of spring means trapping season for green crab is now under way. In April, WSG Crab Team resumed early detection trapping across the monitoring network along Washington’s inland shorelines. We’re pleased to share that Crab Team has received funding to continue this work for the next biennium (July 2019 – June 2021) in the Washington State budget. To date, the program was funded primarily through the Puget Sound Marine and Nearshore Grant Program (US Environmental ...

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Budget News from Washington D.C.

March 18, 2019

Update on Sea Grant Funding for Fiscal Year 2020 from the WSG Director

Dear Friends,

With vocal support from our many stakeholders, the National Sea Grant College Program was reinstated in the federal budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019. The Consolidated Appropriations Act for 2019 was passed by Congress and signed by the President in February, which is encouraging news for Sea Grant and the many constituents who benefit from our work around the nation. The Consolidated Appropriations Act for 2019 provides ...

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Using lasers to deter birds

July 26, 2018

In 2016, Washington Sea Grant marine fisheries scientist Ed Melvin published a study on whether laser light can prevent seabird bycatch in North Pacific fisheries. Since then, Melvin has encouraged and supported researchers at Purdue Universtiy to study the risk of injuries to birds when lasers are used to deter brids on farms.

Read more about their study and Melvin’s research in the NW News Network.

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“About sixteen years ago [1874] he [Captain Simpson] planted a few barrels in Shoalwater Bay, and six years later [1880] a dozen barrels more. These have thrived most wonderfully, and now are found over the entire bay and in the southern portion of Grays Harbor.”

Crawford, 1890

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