WSG News Blog

Lessons for Washington from the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of 2011

January 15, 2020

It is hard to comprehend the scale of damage that resulted from the 2011 Japanese tsunami. Entire forests, neighborhoods and even towns were washed away. It caused the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl. Overall, almost 20,000 people were proclaimed dead or missing.

More than eight years after the tragedy, the city of Sendai, in Japan’s Tohoku Region, is still in recovery. As the city continues to rebuild, however, local scientists and planners aim to share the knowledge they have ...

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Congratulations to Former Knauss Fellow Michelle Chow

January 10, 2020

WSG would like to congratulate Michelle Chow, a former John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellow, in her new position as a stormwater and toxics policy manager for the Washington Environmental Council.

As a Knauss Fellow working in D.C., Michelle had the opportunity to gain direct experience in policy that was essential for her new position, allowing her to return ...

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New Report: Puget Sound Marine Waters See Effect of Climate Change in 2018

December 20, 2019

A new report details the effects of a changing climate on Puget Sound in 2018, and describes how these changes trickled down through the ecosystem to affect marine life and seafood consumers.

Scientists observed unusually warm water temperatures, though not as hot as during the years of “the Blob,” the marine heatwave of 2014-2016. Salinity went up everywhere in the Puget ...

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Videos of First WSG Shellfish Study Workshop Now Available Online

December 17, 2019

Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor are home to some of the most productive oyster farms in the country, but in recent years these estuaries have been plagued by an active burrowing shrimp population that threatens much of coastal Washington’s oyster grounds.

Washington Sea Grant hosted the first of four workshops in support of the Washington Coast Shellfish Aquaculture Study in South Bend recently, kicking off a three-year applied research project to assist planning and collaboration amongst tideland managers, owners and ...

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Kelp in the Kitchen: Ginger Chicken Kelp Soup

By Bobbie Buzzell, WSG Science Communications Fellow

Given the success of the kelp aquaculture webinar last month, we decided to take to the kitchen last weekend and test out a kelp noodle recipe.

Kelp noodles can be a struggle to find, and there are not many brands currently offered at local grocery stores. I was able to find Sea Tangle Noodle Company’s Kelp Noodles at Haggen. At first glance, they look like a food you would use for a Halloween gag ...

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Kelp in the Kitchen: Crowd-Pleasin’ Kelp Cucumber Salad

November 27, 2019

Looking for an ingredient to change up holiday meals? Kelp is sustainable and eco-friendly food that can be incorporated in everyday cooking. With availability spreading, it’s not just limited to high-end restaurants.

Try this simple recipe from Maine Island Institute.

Crowd-Pleasin’ Kelp Cucumber Salad

  • 2-3 medium cucumbers, julienned
  • 3 oz rehydrated* kelp, cut into 2 inch lengths
  • 6 tbs rice vinegar
  • 2 tbs toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tbs tamari or soy sauce
  • 2 tsp fresh grated ginger
  • ¼ cup lightly toasted sesame seeds

*To rehydrate dried kelp, ...

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Friday Harbor Labs: A Marine Biology Student’s Dream Educational Experience

From the Autumn 2019 Sea Star print newsletter

By Helen Kesting, guest student writer

Just 50 miles away from Seattle as the crow flies, the University of Washington runs a marine field station on San Juan Island called Friday Harbor Laboratories (FHL). Wooden buildings, grass fields and grazing deer cover the campus, which is surrounded by nearly 400 acres of mixed coniferous forest. During the weekends, students entertain themselves by hiking or by taking a rowboat to a nearby cove. At ...

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Sally Brownfield: People of the Water

November 27, 2019

WWashington Sea Grant is a proud sponsor of We Are Puget Sound: Discovering & Recovering the Salish Sea, a new book by David L. Workman, Leonard Forsman, Mindy Roberts and Brian J. Cantwell from Braided River (an imprint of Mountaineers Books). The following profile is an excerpt from the book.

Sally Brownfield is a soft-spoken, strong Puget Sound woman. For all ...

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Finding Solutions for Fiberglass Recycling

November 18, 2019

Northwest Maritime Center receives grant for Puget Sound Fiberglass Boat Recycling plan

Beginning in the 1960’s, fiberglass became a prominent material for ship building. Durable and relatively low maintenance, fiberglass became the choice material for vessel owners. But as these vessels begin to come to the end of their lifespan, a question comes up: what should we do with ...

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