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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 south Whidbey Island. A live green crab was captured at Lagoon Point on south Whidbey Island, and a green crab shell was found at Fidalgo Bay.

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

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Update on Sea Grant Funding for 2019 from WSG Interim Director

 

June 15, 2018

UPDATE: We are happy to report that the House and Senate have yet again demonstrated strong support for the Sea Grant program.  This week, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee proposed a bill that would fund the National Sea Grant program for fiscal year 2019 at $83 million, including $12 million for marine aquaculture – $6.5M above the fiscal year 2018 level.  The House moved similarly a few weeks ago, with the House Appropriations Subcommittee recommending $80 million for ...

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Partnering with Indigenous Communities to Anticipate and Adapt to Ocean Change

April 1, 2018

Read in UW News

 

The productive ocean off Washington state’s Olympic Coast supports an abundant web of life including kelp forests, fish, shellfish, seabirds and marine mammals. The harvest and use of these treaty-protected marine resources have been central to the local tribes’ livelihoods, food security and cultural practices for thousands of years. But ocean acidification is changing the chemistry of these waters, putting many coastal species – and the human communities that depend upon them – under ...

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Selling Your Catch: Sea Grant Programs Release New Edition of Direct Marketing Guide

March 1, 2018

The Sea Grant programs in Alaska and Washington are releasing a new, updated edition of the popular Fishermen’s Direct Marketing Manual. As the business climate of the seafood industry evolves, many fishermen are choosing to directly market their catch in hopes of capturing more of its value so the publication’s release is timely.

Hard copies of the 5th edition of the manual, edited by Terry Johnson, are now available through Alaska Sea Grant’s online bookstore. The ...

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Bellevue Students Win Statewide Orca Bowl Competition

February 26, 2018

The Junior Olympics of Ocean Science in the Northwest

High school teams from throughout Washington State competed for the winner’s cup at Washington Sea Grant’s 21st annual Orca Bowl, promoting science, technology, engineering, math and marine studies.

SEATTLE – More than 100 emerging young oceanographers and marine biologists from high schools around the state gathered around a giant inflatable orca at University of Washington  (UW) Fishery Sciences Building just moments before kicking off the 21st annual Orca Bowl competition this past Saturday, February 24, 2018. Thirteen teams met to vie for a ...

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How the Elwha Dam Removals Changed the River’s Mouth

January 18, 2018

Read in UW News

For decades, resource managers agreed that removing the two dams on the Elwha River would be a big win for the watershed as a whole and, in particular, for its anadromous trout and salmon. The dams sat on the river for more than 100 years, trapping approximately 30 million tonnes of sediment behind their concrete walls. As the dams were removed between 2012 and 2014, much of this sediment was released downstream — and ...

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Updated Plan to Address Ocean Acidification in Washington State

December 20, 2017

Ocean acidification is threatening ecosystems, cultures and economies in Washington State – today. In 2012, Governor Jay Inslee recognized the importance of developing a strategy to address these challenges by creating the Washington State Blue Ribbon Panel on Ocean Acidification. After reviewing the scientific literature, the panel outlined a plan in its seminal report, Ocean Acidification: From Knowledge to Action.

The science on ocean acidification has come a long way over the last five years. Today, the Marine ...

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Washington Graduates Head to D.C. to Tackle Real-World Marine Policy Challenges

December 12, 2017

Four graduates of the University of Washington (UW) have been selected for the National Sea Grant College Program’s prestigious John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship for 2018 to study, develop and implement policies addressing issues in ocean and coastal management, fisheries and marine resources. 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 late John A. Knauss, who was an internationally-renowned ...

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Washington Coast Marine Spatial Plan Released for Public Comment

November 7, 2017

Five years ago, the state legislature allocated funding for the development of a marine spatial plan (MSP) for Washington’s coast. A MSP is a public process of analyzing and allocating the spatial and temporal distribution of human activities in marine environments to achieve ecological, economic and social objectives.  The Washington coast plan outlines a strategic approach to incorporate new uses in coastal waters by identifying ecologically important areas and areas in which current ocean uses takes place. It ...

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Washington Sea Grant Receives $1.1 Million in Federal Funding for Aquaculture Research

November 3, 2017

Read in UW News

Aquaculture has been a mainstay of Washington’s economy since the state’s founding, and there is still potential for more growth. Three federal grants announced this week will provide total funding of $1.1 million to Washington Sea Grant, based at the University of Washington’s College of the Environment, for research that will sustainably further shellfish and finfish aquaculture in the state. The organization is among 18 Sea Grant programs around the country that have been ...

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Award-Winning Researchers Find Methods to Reduce Seabird Bycatch in West Coast Longline Fisheries

October 4, 2017

A new paper suggests using streamer lines and fishing at night are good albatross bycatch prevention options for longline fishermen in California, Oregon and Washington

Longline fishing is a technique that involves deploying a long line with baited hooks attached at intervals behind a boat. It’s a common technique used to catch many high-value species including halibut, tuna and sablefish. However, those fish are sometimes caught along with unintended targets—known as bycatch—including about 160,000 seabirds a ...

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