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2019 Knauss Fellows Placed in Executive and Legislative Offices in Washington, D.C.

December 10, 2018

Five University of Washington (UW) graduates have been selected for the 2019 class of the National Sea Grant College Program’s prestigious John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship to study, develop and implement policies that address ocean and coastal management issues. 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 oceanographer and meteorologist. His work was ...

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Invasive green crabs poised to move to South Sound

King5 News covered the spread of invasive European green crab in a recent article.

“Since the first spotting in 2016, green crab have now been located at seven different sites. McDonald and others are worried that the crabs will get more challenging to remove if they’re able to make it to the south Sound, because the offspring in the area would likely stay in the area.”

Read more in the article.

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Sea Grant Announces 2018 Aquaculture Research Awards

October 17, 2018

NOAA Sea Grant announced the award of $11 million in grants for 22 projects to further advance the development of a sustainable marine and coastal aquaculture industry in the U.S.

Washington Sea Grant is pleased to receive funding for one of the 22 projects titled: Consumer-focused strategies for understanding market acceptance of domestic finfish aquaculture

Although finfish aquaculture has advanced its methods and addressed many legitimate public concerns, throughout the US, and Washington State in particular, the ...

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WSG celebrates Seafood Month

October, 2018

This month, Washington Sea Grant joins in on Seafood Month celebrations with weekly stories from our programs that support fisheries, aquaculture and the people who are at the center of them.

Week One: Fisheries and People 

The theme of the week is fisheries and people. Read about WSG’s partnership with Olympic Coast tribes to study their social and ecological vulnerabilities to ocean acidification: https://wsg.washington.edu/partnering-with-indigenous-communities-to-anticipate-and-adapt-to-ocean-change/ 

Week Two: Seafood Safety

In honor of this week’s theme – seafood safety – read about the ...

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The Elwha’s living laboratory: lessons from the world’s largest dam-removal project

October 1, 2018

A feature article in The Revelator tells the story of what researchers including WSG coastal hazards specialist have learned since the two dams that once sat on the Elwha River were removed.

The key takeaway? That recovery is possible. “When we go into these large-scale ecosystem-restoration projects, it’s hard for our human brains to wrap our heads around what to expect … because it’s a very complex ecosystem,” Miller said. “But in general, you walk away with a sense that ...

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Sustainable shellfish aquaculture in Washington

September 27, 2018

As demand for seafood continues to increase, how can we sustainalby grow Washington’s shellfish farming industry? If more tideland is used for aquaculture, can it still serve as habitat for intertidal species? With funding from Washington Sea Grant, The Nature Conservancy in Washington is investigating these questions.

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Moving Mountains: The Elwha River is still changing

September 6, 2018

When the two dams on the Elwah River were removed starting in 2011, it was the world’s largest project of that kind. Years later, the now free-flowing river continues to mend and reshape its surrounding environments. A new study documenting the changes in sediment was published in Nature this week. Co-authored by WSG Coastal Hazards Specialist Ian Miller, the research was done in collaboration with scientists from the United States Geological Survey, the National Park Service, the U.S. ...

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Local groups gang up on marine debris

September 5, 2018 

Collaborative effort produces a new marine debris action plan for Washington

Trash on our shorelines and in the ocean, also known as marine debris, is a persistent and growing global environmental issue.  A lot is at stake particularly in Washington State, where outdoor recreation, shellfish harvests and aquaculture, and commercial, tribal and recreational fisheries are all ...

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Incorporating people into restoration policy

August 21, 2018

“Protecting Puget Sound is not just about recovering certain species of fish. As the region continues to grow, it is also about protecting the livelihoods and diverse cultures of the people who live there, and balancing their needs with the needs of the natural world.”

Read about WSG and Puget Sound Partnership-funded research on how policy is shifting toward restoration projects that include input from more groups in this article from University of Washington News.

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European green crab training webinar

August 27, 2018

The Washington State Invasive Species Council, part of the Recreation and Conservation Office, was created by the state legislature in 2006 to provide policy-level direction, planning and coordination to comabat harmful invasive species throughout the state. The council recently hosted WSG marine ecologist Emily Grason as part of their Washington Pest Watch training webinars to talk about the WSG Crab Team. It covers the history of the species and why we care about it, how do identify ...

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Six Graduates Selected for the 2018-19 WSG State Fellowship

August 21, 2018

We are pleased to announce this year’s six Washington Sea Grant (WSG) State Fellows. The Washington Sea Grant State Fellowship (formerly the Marc Hershman Marine Policy Fellowship) offers a unique educational opportunity for current or recent graduate students. This one-year paid fellowship program places highly motivated, qualified individuals with marine and coastal host offices throughout Washington, providing fellows with a unique perspective on building marine policy and allowing them to share their academic expertise with the host ...

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