WSG News Blog

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 night, ...

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Sally Brownfield: People of the Water

Washington Sea Grant is a sponsor of We Are Puget Sound: Discovering & Recovering The Salish Sea, a new book from Braided River that explores the regional economies of fishing and agriculture and documents the lives of the people who call this place home. The following is an excerpt from the book.

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

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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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Fishing for the Triple Bottom Line: Profit, Planet — And People

October 17, 2019

Fisheries managers typically strive to strike a delicate balance between two, often competing, types of needs: the needs for fishermen’s profits and the needs for the planet. But in 1994, entrepreneur John Elkington posited that true sustainability requires consideration of a third “P” — the needs of the people. In making this argument, he coined the term “the triple bottom line.”

In a new study, an interdisciplinary group of researchers used Pacific herring in Haida Gwaii, British ...

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Public Comment Sought for Washington Sea Grant Site Review

September 20, 2019

Washington Sea Grant will be reviewed on November 5 -7, 2019 by a team convened by the National Sea Grant Program.

The review will be conducted at the University of Washington campus and will consider all aspects of the WSG program including management and organization, performance, stakeholder engagement and collaborative activities, including those with various offices of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

This notice invites you to participate in our review. Please submit written comments by Monday, October 21, ...

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NOAA National Sea Grant Awards Washington Sea Grant Over 1 Million in Aquaculture Grants

September 19, 2019


NOAA National Sea Grant office announced today a suite of federal funding awards in aquaculture, with three of them going to Washington Sea Grant. The four awards, totaling $1,980,133, will support aquaculture research projects and collaborative programs aimed at advancing sustainable aquaculture in the U.S. The awards begin this fall and extend over three years.

Washington Sea Grant will lead the three projects, with key staff coordinating ...

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New Washington Sea Grant Fellowship Promotes Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Marine Careers—Inaugural Fellow Selected

September 16, 2019

Washington Sea Grant (WSG) is excited to announce the launch of our new Keystone Fellowship Program. The Washington Sea Grant 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 educational opportunity by matching highly motivated and qualified individuals with host offices throughout Washington State. The Fellowship offers first-hand experience working on projects that help WSG better understand, conserve ...

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A New Symposium to Work Towards Equity and Justice in Environmental Fields

August 22, 2019

The Salish Sea Equity and Justice Symposium, to be held November 14-15, 2019, aims to center historically marginalized and underrepresented voices while creating space for ongoing dialogues.

Addressing inequity and working toward environmental justice is essential to a successful environmental movement. Although professionals in this field are aware and concerned about issues related to Diversity, ...

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Three Washington Graduate Students Selected for the 2019 NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowship

August 21, 2019

Washington Sea Grant is excited to share that three of the eight graduate students selected for the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)–Sea Grant Fellowship this year are from the University of Washington. Through the fellowship, doctoral students are provided with two- and three-year research opportunities in either population and ecosystem dynamics or marine resource economics, including direct experiences working closely with local NOAA experts on thesis issues of public interest and relevance to NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service.

The 2019 ...

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How Your Sunscreen Harms Water Quality

August 20, 2019

While you’re washing away the lingering sunscreen from the last beach day of summer, you’re probably reminiscing about carefree time with family and friends, and daydreaming about the sights and smells at the water’s edge. But have you ever thought about your sunscreen’s impact on water quality? 

Summer brings a whole host of human-made threats to water quality. Sewage, oil and debris get most of the press, but the products we use on our skin, ...

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WSG’s Meg Chadsey on the Impacts of Ocean Acidification to Seafood Security in Puget Sound

August 8, 2019

Last month WSG’s Meg Chadsey spoke to the Van Alen Climate Council — a group of built environment designers — about ocean acidification’s impacts to local seafood 

With bustling waterfronts, famous seafood markets, a robust culinary scene, and an estuary rich with marine life, the Puget Sound region seems to be the picture of seafood security. But look closer at the web of people, the sea, and the climate, and the fragility and vulnerability of ...

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