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Community Science Volunteers Discover Invasive European Green Crab in Hood Canal
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New Staff: WSG Welcomes Ashli Blow

April 25, 2022

Washington Sea Grant is thrilled to welcome Ashli Blow, communications specialist, to the team.

As a communications specialist, Ashli helps advance storytelling related to WSG activities by working alongside researchers and outreach specialists. She develops copy, video and other content on various communication mediums, ranging from digital platforms to print publications.

Previously, Ashli lived and worked in Memphis, Tennessee as a breaking news producer and writer before moving to the Pacific Northwest for ...

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Who Brings Your Seafood to You? An Interview with Hazel Secor from Cape Flattery Fishermen’s Co-Op

April 29, 2022

By Benjamin Haagen, Science Communications Fellow

Hazel Secor has been working as manager of the Cape Flattery Fisherman’s Co-op in Neah Bay, Washington since 2014, supporting the local fishing industry and working with fishers to process and distribute seafood to communities around the Olympic Peninsula. 

Hazel started working in fisheries with the Makah Fish Company when she was in high school. “I grew up here — this is a fishing village, everyone fishes,” she says. “I like this work ...

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Washington Clean Vessel Act Program Expands Options for Boaters

April 18, 2022

Second mobile pumpout vessel expands options for Pierce County and south sound boaters, protecting state waters from sewage pollution

For the past two years, the pandemic has stimulated boat sales by 17.8% and increased boater activity on the waters in Washington State. With an increase in boating activity, Washington State Parks Clean Vessel Act Program ...

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Tesla STEM Students Win Statewide Orca Bowl Competition

March 31, 2022

The “junior olympics of marine science” in the Northwest

On March 26, 2022, 12 teams from across Washington state met in the University of Washington Fisheries Sciences Building to compete in the twenty-fifth rendition of the beloved Orca Bowl competition. These students brought a wealth of marine knowledge in the hopes of making it to the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) finals, which will be held virtually this year from May 6 to 15.

The students from Tesla STEM High ...

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New Staff: WSG Welcomes Michelle Lepori-Bui

March 30, 2022

Washington Sea Grant is thrilled to welcome Michelle Lepori-Bui, marine water quality specialist, to the team.

Michelle partners with Native tribes, aquaculture businesses, natural resource managers, environmental education centers, and other community groups and volunteers to monitor and address marine water quality issues in Washington. She provides technical assistance and support to the SoundToxins program, which focuses ...

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How can we better prepare for natural hazards on our coasts? Inter-organizational collaboration to assist local efforts may be key

March 24, 2022

A newly completed project lays the foundation for a team to help Washington’s coastal communities be better prepared for floods, erosion and other coastal hazards

Floods. Erosion. Sea level rise. Tsunamis. All of these hazards threaten Washington State’s coasts — with potentially dire consequences. Although there have been many efforts and investments to respond to disaster events, geographically isolated communities on the state’s Pacific coast often lack sufficient capacity to undertake comprehensive planning efforts to ...

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New story map unites sea gardens around the Pacific and shows the importance of revitalizing Indigenous mariculture practices for food sovereignty and resilience

February 17, 2022

See the interactive, “living” story map at www.seagardens.net

Indigenous People have been stewarding the ocean for thousands of years. This stewardship has appeared in many different forms around the world, all of which represent a reciprocal relationship between humans and the sea rooted in deep place-based knowledge. From octopus houses in Haida Gwaii to fish ponds in Hawaiʻi, an Indigenous mariculture renaissance is making waves as groups across the Pacific seek to ...

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Washington Sea Grant and the Puget Sound Partnership Contribute Nearly $2.5 Million to Fund Research in Coastal Washington

February 1, 2022

Nine projects have been selected through a competitive request for proposals process

 

Seattle – Washington Sea Grant (WSG) announced today over $2 million in funding for new marine research projects in 2022 and a new research partnership with the Puget Sound Partnership contributing $432,000. The combined funds totaling over $2.5 million will go toward scientific endeavors that will help lead to healthier and more resilient coastal ecosystems and communities in Washington State. In addition, WSG is pleased ...

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Washington Sea Grant Receives Funding from The Builders Initiative to Support Restorative Aquaculture

January 26, 2022

Washington Sea Grant will use the $400,000 grant to further two key projects: the Cross-Pacific Indigenous Aquaculture Collaborative and the Washington Seaweed Collaborative

From tribal fishermen exercising their treaty fishing rights to oyster farmers in south Puget Sound, seafood harvesting and aquaculture are vital to Pacific Northwest culture and commerce. However, forces including climate change, ocean acidification and coastal development threaten these sources of sustenance and tradition. Restorative aquaculture — that is, sustainable ocean farming ...

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Learn the Skills to Land a Job Fishing Salmon in Alaska

January 25, 2022

The new Purse Seine Vessel Crew Member Training Program will hold its first session in April 2022 — register online at www.gigharborboatshop.org

The Gig Harbor BoatShop and Washington Sea Grant are launching the Purse Seine Vessel Crew Member Training Program, or “Crew School,” designed to provide instruction on the fundamental skills needed to work on a commercial fishing vessel. Led by experienced captains and crew, the hands-on curriculum will be taught in the classroom, aboard commercial fishing vessels ...

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Watch: 50th Anniversary Commemorative Video

December 27, 2021

Washington Sea Grant celebrates 50 years of service in Washington State in 2021. Take a look back over 50 years in this commemorative video celebrating Washington Sea Grant’s contributions to our state and look forward to another 50 years ahead.

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A Mariner’s Life for Me
From the winter 2021–2022 Sea Star print newsletter

The Seafarer Collective provides accessible educational programs for aspiring mariners to sustain and diversify the maritime workforce

By Kathleen McKeegan, WSG Science Communications Fellow

For Captain Halee Grimes, all it took was one look at an old wooden boat while she was in college. Since then, she has sailed the seas on several differently-rigged tall ships, like the kind ...

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