WSG News Blog

WSG welcomes new Science Communications fellows

Washington Sea Grant (WSG) is happy to welcome two new Science Communications fellows, Jess Davis and Brian McGreal. As part of the communications team, Jess will contribute to the WSG News Blog, monthly newsletter and social media. Brian will write for the communications team as well as focus on event planning initiatives for WSG’s River & Ocean Film Festival.

Learn more about Jess and Brian below!

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Salish Sea-wide Molt Blitz coming June 20

June 10, 2024

Are you one of the millions of Washington residents living on or near the Salish Sea? Join the Salish Sea-wide Molt Blitz on June 20 to contribute to the largest-ever single-day dataset of crab molts collected in our state.

Molts are the old shells crabs shed when they grow. Collecting and recording these molts provides valuable data on which species of crab are present in an area, including invasive European green crab (Carcinus maenas). The emerging invasion of green ...

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New staff: WSG welcomes Allison Spooner

June 3, 2024

Washington Sea Grant (WSG) is excited to welcome Allison Spooner as the new HR and equity manager. Allison joins WSG as a key member of the operations team.

During her seven-year tenure at the University of Washington, Allison’s journey was a whirlwind adventure of challenges and triumphs, guided by her unwavering commitment to making a difference. Her dedication to DEI extends beyond her professional endeavors. She actively contributes to ...

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New staff: WSG welcomes Azalea Hermann

June 3, 2024

Washington Sea Grant (WSG) is pleased to welcome Azalea Hermann as the new fellowships and workforce development specialist. In this role, Azalea collaborates with the WSG fellowships team on fellow recruitment, engagement, professional development and more.

Azalea is a born and raised Texan and has called the PNW her home for the last 5 years. Her professional background spans various roles ...

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Who brings your seafood to you? An interview with Riley Starks, fisherman and co-founder of the Salish Center

June 3, 2024

By Alison Lorenz, WSG Science Writer

Riley Starks had never fished a day in his life and had rarely been on the water when he graduated college in 1972. But he had a whole year ahead of him before he started law school, he needed money, and a friend of his had just bought a boat. When his friend asked Riley to come crew with him that winter, Riley did. “And it was just one of those moments when ...

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“Oceanography” special issue spotlights Sea Grant

May 8, 2024

Sea Grant-funded research and work with coastal and Great Lakes communities across the nation are the focus of a special issue of “Oceanography,” the official journal of The Oceanography Society.

This special issue, published in April 2024, features 36 articles contributed by Sea Grant authors across 29 programs and the National Sea Grant Office.

The articles cover a ...

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WSG director update

May 6, 2024

WSG is pleased to provide an update on its search for a new director. The Dean’s Office of the University of Washington’s College of the Environment and WSG are jointly exploring a new model for WSG leadership that would add a faculty director to our leadership team. We believe this new model will serve to maintain existing WSG programs and partnerships while providing additional valuable connections to research, expertise and resources for the benefit of Washington’s coastal communities.

Dr. ...

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Mobile pumpout boats gain popularity, continue to expand throughout Puget Sound

Mobile pumpout boats improve water quality in the Puget Sound and provide options for recreational boaters with bilges.

May 1, 2024

Puget Sound — Options for recreational boaters to pump out boat sewage safely and efficiently are expanding throughout Puget Sound as the number of traveling “pumpout boats” grows.

When combined with stationary pumpout units at marinas, these grant-funded mobile pumpout boats keep an estimated 8-10 million gallons of sewage out of Puget Sound annually, protecting shellfish beds and improving overall water quality. Recreational boating ...

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Who was Marc Hershman?

In addition to his academic and policy achievements, Hershman is remembered for being an exceptional mentor

From the Winter 2023/2024 Sea Star

Marc J. Hershman has been credited with turning coastal management into an academic field of study. He taught coastal and ocean law, seaport management and coastal management at the University of Washington (UW) for over 30 ...

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The Washington Sea Grant Hershman Fellowship has a track record of launching recent graduates into marine policy careers

Many Hershman alums find themselves coming back full circle as they mentor the next generation of fellows

From the Winter 2023/2024 Sea Star

By Samantha Larson, WSG Science Writer

Since 2008, Washington Sea Grant (WSG) has placed recent graduate students in offices across the state to spend a year working on ocean and coastal science and policy issues. Over that time, the WSG Hershman Fellowship has grown into a highly respected, sought-after opportunity for students and host offices alike. 

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Twenty years of NOAA Science Camp

NOAA Science Camp has brought a breadth of marine programming to middle and high school students since 2003

From the Winter 2023/2024 Sea Star

By Samantha Larson, WSG Science Writer

Minutes away from Seattle’s Space Needle and skyscrapers, a pocket beach along the waterfront hosts an abundance of marine life. On a warm day in July this past summer, about two dozen middle schoolers poked through these tidepools, uncovering animals many of the students had never even heard of before — ...

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How to save the pinto abalone

New research informs future restoration efforts for endangered pinto abalone populations in the Pacific Northwest

From the Winter 2023/2024 Sea Star

By Emma Duckworth, WSG Science Communications Fellow

The pinto abalone is a crucial organism in Puget Sound. “They are the Roomba of the rocky intertidal,” says doctoral student Eileen Bates.  

Abalone are key grazers that feed on the rocks of the intertidal, which allows for the natural succession of other species in the habitat and keeps the entire ecosystem ...

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New staff: WSG welcomes Manya Chadha

March 4, 2024

Washington Sea Grant (WSG) is pleased to welcome Manya Chadha as a new student assistant on the communications team.

In this role, Manya collaborates with the WSG communications team to manage and revamp WSG’s website, report communications and social media metrics and assist in internal communications. 

Manya holds a ...

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