WSG News Blog

Head Outdoors This Holiday Season to Witness King Tides and Help Build a Picture of the Future

November 23, 2020 

The MyCoast app allows you to instantly share photos of the season’s biggest tides

King tides, the annual extreme-high tides that occur whenever the moon is closest to Earth, are a dramatic feature of Washington winters – and offer a glimpse of what our future in Western Washington may look like as sea levels rise. This holiday season provides a great opportunity for people to capture these extreme tides and help scientists assemble a preview of shorelines to come. ...

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Harmonizing with my Roots

November 20, 2020

Melissa Watkinson reflects on her Indigenous heritage and her new role at Washington Sea Grant

By Melissa Watkinson, Equity, Access and Community Engagement Lead

Heartbeats thump to the rhythm of the collective drum that echoes throughout downtown Seattle. Voices call, respond, and sing in unison. Tired feet lift up, taking long strides that are motivated by the need to move to the erupting sounds that rise along the winding concrete. Words roaring from our bellies, harmonizing with the ...

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Send Your Ideas: What Are the Best Pacific Northwest Oyster Stories?

October 19, 2020 

“Shuck, slurp, repeat.”

Washington Sea Grant is proud to announce its plan to revise and update the popular book, Heaven on the Half Shell: The Story of the Northwest’s Love Affair with the Oyster.

Heaven on the Half Shell tells the true story of oyster farming in the Pacific Northwest. Informative text and engrossing historic and contemporary photos showcase the efforts of pioneering aquaculturists, scientists, field technicians, oyster connoisseurs and others who ...

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Who Brings Your Seafood to You? An Interview with Pete Knutson

October 19, 2020

By James Lee, Science Communications Fellow

Pete Knutson owns Loki Fish Company, a family business. He fishes mostly salmon, with a bit of halibut on the side. He’s the director of the Puget Sound Harvester’s Association, an industry group that represents non-treaty commercial salmon gillnet fishers, and when he’s not fishing, he’s a professor at Seattle Central Community College. Pete has ...

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Welcome To Our New Aquaculture Specialist

October 15, 2020

Washington Sea Grant (WSG) is excited to welcome Nicole Naar as a new aquaculture specialist.

Born and raised in the Tampa Bay area, Nicole developed a love for marine science while spending summers at the beach. Although her interests shifted to social science while she attended college at Emory University, as an applied ...

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UW Graduate Selected as New WSG Keystone Fellow

October 13, 2020

Washington Sea Grant (WSG) is excited to announce that University of Washington graduate Andres Sheikh has been selected as the 2020–2021 WSG Keystone Fellow. Through the fellowship, he will spend the year working at the Puget Sound Partnership. He started his position earlier this month.

Launched last year, the WSG Keystone Fellowship seeks to build pathways into marine science, policy and related industry careers for individuals who are historically underrepresented in those fields. This paid fellowship offers a unique ...

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Who Brings Your Seafood to You? An Interview with Amy Grondin

 

October 12, 2020

By James Lee, Science Communications Fellow

Amy Grondin is a salmon fisherman and a sustainable seafood consultant. She owns Duna Fisheries, LLC with her business partner and husband Greg Friedrichs. When they’re not fishing on F/V Arminta, their 48-foot wooden fishing boat, their home port is Port Townsend.

Amy grew up in Maine and put ...

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Who Brings Your Seafood to You? An Interview with Andy Mitby

October 5, 2020

By James Lee, Science Communications Fellow

Andy Mitby of Drake Teal Fisheries is a fourth-generation fisherman and also a Husky alum, with a bachelor’s degree in marine science from the University of Washington. He says his house is now divided, now that his kids attend UW and Washington State University. Andy was interviewed just before he left Bristol Bay, Alaska for the ...

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Governor Jay Inslee Proclaims October Seafood Month

October 1, 2020

Consumers have long had access to local Washington seafood through their favorite grocer or farmers market, but this October the state is celebrating Seafood Month by recognizing the growing trend to connect residents to those who supply this local bounty.

With reduced demand from restaurant, market, and global trade during the global COVID-19 pandemic, this ...

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