WSG News Blog

Moving Mountains: The Elwha River is still changing

September 6, 2018

When the two dams on the Elwah River were removed starting in 2011, it was the world’s largest project of that kind. Years later, the now free-flowing river continues to mend and reshape its surrounding environments. A new study documenting the changes in sediment was published in Nature this week. Co-authored by WSG Coastal Hazards Specialist Ian Miller, the research was done in collaboration with scientists from the United States Geological Survey, the National Park Service, the U.S. ...

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Local groups gang up on marine debris

September 5, 2018 

Collaborative effort produces a new marine debris action plan for Washington

Trash on our shorelines and in the ocean, also known as marine debris, is a persistent and growing global environmental issue.  A lot is at stake particularly in Washington State, where outdoor recreation, shellfish harvests and aquaculture, and commercial, tribal and recreational fisheries are all ...

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Incorporating people into restoration policy

August 21, 2018

“Protecting Puget Sound is not just about recovering certain species of fish. As the region continues to grow, it is also about protecting the livelihoods and diverse cultures of the people who live there, and balancing their needs with the needs of the natural world.”

Read about WSG and Puget Sound Partnership-funded research on how policy is shifting toward restoration projects that include input from more groups in this article from University of Washington News.

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European green crab training webinar

August 27, 2018

The Washington State Invasive Species Council, part of the Recreation and Conservation Office, was created by the state legislature in 2006 to provide policy-level direction, planning and coordination to comabat harmful invasive species throughout the state. The council recently hosted WSG marine ecologist Emily Grason as part of their Washington Pest Watch training webinars to talk about the WSG Crab Team. It covers the history of the species and why we care about it, how do identify ...

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Six Graduates Selected for the 2018-19 WSG State Fellowship

August 21, 2018

We are pleased to announce this year’s six Washington Sea Grant (WSG) State Fellows. The Washington Sea Grant State Fellowship (formerly the Marc Hershman Marine Policy Fellowship) offers a unique educational opportunity for current or recent graduate students. This one-year paid fellowship program places highly motivated, qualified individuals with marine and coastal host offices throughout Washington, providing fellows with a unique perspective on building marine policy and allowing them to share their academic expertise with the host ...

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Sea-level rise report will help urban planners

August 9, 2018

The recent sea-level rise report led by Washington Sea Grant and the University of Washington’s Climate Impacts Group provides the clearest picture yet of what to expect in sea-level rise along Washington State coastlines.

Coverage in the Tacoma Weekly News recognizes that the information in the report is vital to urban planners. “This new, risk-based information will allow planners and developers to better assess the impacts of sea level rise on their projects along Tacoma’s waterfront,” researcher Harriet ...

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WSG social scientist Melissa Watkinson in Warm Regards podcast

August 3, 2018

Warm Regards, a podcast about climate change and associated issues, recently featured Washington Sea Grant social scientist Melissa Watkinson. She talked with them about her perspective as an indigenous tribal member, and her work with local tribes studying the cultural dimensions of ocean acidification in the Pacific Northwest.

Listen in to the episode here.

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Sea-level rise report contains best projections yet for Washington’s coasts

July 30, 2018

A new report led by Washington Sea Grant and the University of Washington’s Climate Impacts Group provides the clearest picture yet of what to expect in sea-level rise along Washington state coastlines.

The report, entitled Projected Sea Level Rise for Washington State – A 2018 Assessment,  includes projections for more than 150 different sites along the Washington coastline, from all marine shorelines in Washington state. It incorporates the unique geology-driven land motion, with uplift at Neah Bay and ...

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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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Russell Callender named director of Washington Sea Grant

July 17, 2018

Assistant administrator of NOAA’s National Ocean Service in Washington, D.C., Dr. Callender, to take the helm at Washington Sea Grant in September

We are pleased to announce that Dr. W. Russell Callender has been named the director of Washington Sea Grant and will join the organization in September 2018. Callender emerged as the best person to lead Washington Sea ...

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Five UW Graduates Selected for Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship

July 12, 2018

Five University of Washington graduates have been selected for the National Sea Grant College Program’s prestigious John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship for 2019 to study, develop and implement policies addressing issues in ocean and coastal management, fisheries and marine resources. The 2019 finalists will become the 40th class of the Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship program. The one-year fellowship pairs motivated, forward-thinking graduates with legislative and executive host offices in Washington, D.C.

The Knauss Fellowship honors the influential legacy of the ...

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Geoduck Harvesters Impacted by Tariffs Offered Refunds

July 9, 2018

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is offering financial relief to eight geoduck harvesting companies who successfully bid to harvest wild geoduck from state-owned aquatic lands. This effort is in response to China’s announcement of 25% tariffs on American seafood products including geoduck. Money generated from the DNR geoduck harvest auctions is used to restore and enhance Washington’s aquatic lands.

Related Coverage:

Tacoma Weekly: https://tacomaweekly.com/daily-mash-up/dnr-to-offer-refunds-to-geoduck-harvesters-over-tariffs/

King 5 News: https://www.king5.com/article/news/local/chinese-tariffs-could-impact-geoduck-harvest-in-washington/281-569339074

Washington State Department of Natural Resources: https://www.dnr.wa.gov/news/geoduck-tariffs-prompt-dnr-offer-refunds-harvesters

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Evidence of Invasive European Green Crab Found at Two New Sites

July 9, 2018

Washington Sea Grant’s Crab Team and Washington State’s Department of Natural Resources report evidence of the invasive European green crab at two new sites in the Salish Sea: Fidalgo Bay and Dungeness Landing, near Dungeness Spit. A green crab shell was found at Fidalgo Bay, and a live green crab was captured at Dungeness Landing.

The crabs also continue to occur in Westcott Bay — the first inland area where they were discovered, on north San Juan Island in August ...

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