WSG News Blog

Sea-level rise report will help urban planners

August 9, 2018

A sea-level rise report led by Washington Sea Grant and the University of Washington’s Climate Impacts Group provides the clearest picture yet of what to expect in sea-level rise along Washington State coastlines.

Coverage in the Tacoma Weekly News recognizes that the information in the report is vital to urban planners. “This new, risk-based information will allow planners and developers to better assess the impacts of sea level rise on their projects along Tacoma’s waterfront,” researcher Harriet Morgan ...

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WSG social scientist Melissa Watkinson in Warm Regards podcast

August 3, 2018

Warm Regards, a podcast about climate change and associated issues, recently featured Washington Sea Grant social scientist Melissa Watkinson. She talked with them about her perspective as an indigenous tribal member, and her work with local tribes studying the cultural dimensions of ocean acidification in the Pacific Northwest.

Listen in to the episode here.

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Sea-level rise report contains best projections yet for Washington’s coasts

July 30, 2018

A new report led by Washington Sea Grant and the University of Washington’s Climate Impacts Group provides the clearest picture yet of what to expect in sea-level rise along Washington state coastlines.

The report, entitled Projected Sea Level Rise for Washington State – A 2018 Assessment,  includes projections for more than 150 different sites along the Washington coastline, from all marine shorelines in Washington state. It incorporates the unique geology-driven land motion, with uplift at Neah Bay and ...

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Using lasers to deter birds

July 26, 2018

In 2016, Washington Sea Grant marine fisheries scientist Ed Melvin published a study on whether laser light can prevent seabird bycatch in North Pacific fisheries. Since then, Melvin has encouraged and supported researchers at Purdue Universtiy to study the risk of injuries to birds when lasers are used to deter brids on farms.

Read more about their study and Melvin’s research in the NW News Network.

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Russell Callender named director of Washington Sea Grant

July 17, 2018

Assistant administrator of NOAA’s National Ocean Service in Washington, D.C., Dr. Callender, takes the helm at Washington Sea Grant in September

Dr. W. Russell Callender has been named the director of Washington Sea Grant and  joined the organization in September 2018. Callender emerged as the best person to lead Washington Sea Grant as a result of an advisory search ...

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Five UW Graduates Selected for Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship

July 12, 2018

Five University of Washington graduates have been selected for the National Sea Grant College Program’s prestigious John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship for 2019 to study, develop and implement policies addressing issues in ocean and coastal management, fisheries and marine resources. The 2019 finalists will become the 40th class of the Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship program. 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 ...

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Geoduck Harvesters Impacted by Tariffs Offered Refunds

July 9, 2018

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is offering financial relief to eight geoduck harvesting companies who successfully bid to harvest wild geoduck from state-owned aquatic lands. This effort is in response to China’s announcement of 25% tariffs on American seafood products including geoduck. Money generated from the DNR geoduck harvest auctions is used to restore and enhance Washington’s aquatic lands.

Related Coverage:

Tacoma Weekly: https://tacomaweekly.com/daily-mash-up/dnr-to-offer-refunds-to-geoduck-harvesters-over-tariffs/

King 5 News: https://www.king5.com/article/news/local/chinese-tariffs-could-impact-geoduck-harvest-in-washington/281-569339074

Washington State Department of Natural Resources: https://www.dnr.wa.gov/news/geoduck-tariffs-prompt-dnr-offer-refunds-harvesters

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Evidence of Invasive European Green Crab Found at Two New Sites

July 9, 2018

Washington Sea Grant’s Crab Team and Washington State’s Department of Natural Resources report evidence of the invasive European green crab at two new sites in the Salish Sea: Fidalgo Bay and Dungeness Landing, near Dungeness Spit. A green crab shell was found at Fidalgo Bay, and a live green crab was captured at Dungeness Landing.

The crabs also continue to occur in Westcott Bay — the first inland area where they were discovered, on north San Juan Island in August ...

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Update on Sea Grant Funding for 2019 from WSG Interim Director

 

June 15, 2018

UPDATE: We are happy to report that the House and Senate have yet again demonstrated strong support for the Sea Grant program.  This week, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee proposed a bill that would fund the National Sea Grant program for fiscal year 2019 at $83 million, including $12 million for marine aquaculture – $6.5M above the fiscal year 2018 level.  The House moved similarly a few weeks ago, with the House Appropriations Subcommittee recommending $80 million for ...

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Partnering with Indigenous Communities to Anticipate and Adapt to Ocean Change

April 1, 2018

Read in UW News

 

The productive ocean off Washington state’s Olympic Coast supports an abundant web of life including kelp forests, fish, shellfish, seabirds and marine mammals. The harvest and use of these treaty-protected marine resources have been central to the local tribes’ livelihoods, food security and cultural practices for thousands of years. But ocean acidification is changing the chemistry of these waters, putting many coastal species – and the human communities that depend upon them – under ...

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Selling Your Catch: Sea Grant Programs Release New Edition of Direct Marketing Guide

March 1, 2018

The Sea Grant programs in Alaska and Washington are releasing a new, updated edition of the popular Fishermen’s Direct Marketing Manual. As the business climate of the seafood industry evolves, many fishermen are choosing to directly market their catch in hopes of capturing more of its value so the publication’s release is timely.

Hard copies of the 5th edition of the manual, edited by Terry Johnson, are now available through Alaska Sea Grant’s online bookstore. The ...

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Bellevue Students Win Statewide Orca Bowl Competition

February 26, 2018

The Junior Olympics of Ocean Science in the Northwest

High school teams from throughout Washington State competed for the winner’s cup at Washington Sea Grant’s 21st annual Orca Bowl, promoting science, technology, engineering, math and marine studies.

SEATTLE – More than 100 emerging young oceanographers and marine biologists from high schools around the state gathered around a giant inflatable orca at University of Washington  (UW) Fishery Sciences Building just moments before kicking off the 21st annual Orca Bowl competition this past Saturday, February 24, 2018. Thirteen teams met to vie for a ...

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How the Elwha Dam Removals Changed the River’s Mouth

January 18, 2018

Read in UW News

For decades, resource managers agreed that removing the two dams on the Elwha River would be a big win for the watershed as a whole and, in particular, for its anadromous trout and salmon. The dams sat on the river for more than 100 years, trapping approximately 30 million tonnes of sediment behind their concrete walls. As the dams were removed between 2012 and 2014, much of this sediment was released downstream — and ...

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