WSG News Blog

King Tides Help People Visualize Sea Level Rise Around Coastal Washington

March 26, 2019

Washington Sea Grant held viewing parties in Oak Harbor and Raymond in January to help local residents understand the effects of sea level rise  

Sea level rise has major implications for coastal Washington. The recent projections released by Washington Sea Grant, WA Department of Ecology, UW Climate Impacts Group, The Nature Conservancy, and other partners predict approximately one foot of sea level rise by 2050, and up to two feet by 2100.

Bridget Trosin, Coastal Policy Specialist at ...

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Celebrate the Olympic Coast with a Beach Clean-up, Barbecue and Movie Night

March 19, 2019

On April 20, the Washington Coast Clean-up and 6th Annual River & Ocean Film Festival combine to explore and protect the Olympic Peninsula’s ecological wonders.

Each spring, hundreds of volunteers fan out along Washington’s outer coast and the Strait of Juan de Fuca for RainFest and the Washington Coast Clean-up. They scour more than 50 beaches for washed-up debris and other trash that can poison or choke marine organisms. It’s not only a good ...

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Budget News from Washington D.C.

March 18, 2019

Update on Sea Grant Funding for Fiscal Year 2020 from the WSG Director

Dear Friends,

With vocal support from our many stakeholders, the National Sea Grant College Program was reinstated in the federal budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019. The Consolidated Appropriations Act for 2019 was passed by Congress and signed by the President in February, which is encouraging news for Sea Grant and the many constituents who benefit from our work around the nation. The Consolidated Appropriations Act for 2019 provides ...

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Orca Bowl 2019 a Huge Success

February 25, 2019

Garfield High School Team Wins First Place at Statewide Orca Bowl Competition

The Junior Olympics of Marine Science in the Northwest

On Saturday, February 23, 2019, 20 teams of high school students from Seattle to Soap Lake descended upon the University of Washington (UW) Fishery Sciences Building for the 22nd annual Orca Bowl. The teams tested their knowledge of marine ...

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New Study: How to Save a Seabird

In the 1990s, the endangered status of the short-tailed albatross catalyzed efforts to reduce the number of birds accidentally killed as bycatch in Alaska, home to the country’s biggest fisheries. Marine fisheries scientist Ed Melvin, at Washington Sea Grant at the University of Washington, and research associate Kim Dietrich, an independent contractor, were at the forefront of a collaborative research effort that led to Alaska’s longline fisheries adopting streamer lines in 2002, a technology that is towed behind vessels ...

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Kate Litle Nominated for UW Distinguished Staff Award

February 1, 2019

Congratulations to Washington Sea Grant Assistant Director for Programs Kate Litle for her nomination for the 2019 University of Washington Distinguished Staff Award.  Kate is responsible for WSG program planning and reporting; oversees WSG competitive processes, including research and program development grants; and coordinates integration of WSG program components. She is an essential part of WSG and deserves this nomination. Thank you Kate for all that you do!

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Staff Awards

January 10, 2019

Congratulations to Washington Sea Grant Marine Education Specialist Maile Sullivan for earning the 2018 Outstanding Informal Educator of the Year award! Maile has worked with the awarding group, the Northwest Aquatic and Marine Educators, for many years and is currently the co-director of the WA chapter. Great work Maile!

And a second congratulations to WSG Boating Specialist Aaron Barnett – he was recognized for outstanding environmental leadership by Northwest Yachting in their January issue. Barnett works closely with Washington State ...

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Salmon may lose the ability to smell danger as carbon emissions rise

December 18, 2018

The ability to smell is critical for salmon. They depend on scent to avoid predators, sniff out prey and find their way home at the end of their lives when they return to the streams where they hatched to spawn and die.

New research from the University of Washington and NOAA Fisheries’ Northwest Fisheries Science Center shows this powerful sense of smell might be in trouble as carbon emissions continue to be absorbed by our ocean. Ocean ...

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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.”

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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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