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May 8, 2019
The joint team from Washington Sea Grant (WSG), Climate Impacts Group (CIG) and Earth and Space Sciences (ESS) that released a report containing the best sea level rise projections yet for Washington’s coasts last summer received the UW College of the Environment Award for Outstanding Community Impact. The report is part of the Washington Coastal Resilience Project, a three-year effort funded in 2016 by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
“The team has been instrumental in helping ...Read More
May 2, 2019
Congratulations to WSG Director Russell Callender for his nomination to the NOAA Distinguished Career Award for Professional Achievement. The award recognizes significant accomplishments that have resulted in long-term benefits to the bureau’s mission and strategic goals.
Dr. Callender was nominated by the NOAA National Ocean Service (NOS) for his distinguished career of service dedicated to advancing the mission of NOAA.
Russell joined Washington Sea Grant in 2018 as director. He has built a career providing executive leadership to major national ...Read More
May 1, 2019
With funding from the Clean Vessel Act program, 140 pumpout stations help divert sewage from coastal and inland waters in Washington.
Washington’s recreational boaters have diverted nearly 11 million gallons of sewage from coastal and inland waters by pumping out their boat holding tanks at more than 140 public pumpout stations last year. ...Read More
April 23, 2019
How does shellfish aquaculture interact with Puget Sound’s marine life? A collaborative research partnership between Washington Sea Grant, The Nature Conservancy, NOAA, the Jamestown S’Klallam tribe, and local shellfish growers hopes to find out.
Using mounted cameras, the researchers hope to identify the species and life stages of marine organisms that use aquaculture beds around Puget Sound. Read the article here.
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 ...Read More
March 19, 2019
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 ...Read More
March 18, 2019
Update on Sea Grant Funding for Fiscal Year 2020 from the WSG Director
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 ...Read More
February 27, 2019
Introducing Otter Spotter, a map-based otter sighting website helping to improve data collection, engage the public, and encourage stewardship of a living landscape inhabited by otters and many other mammals – a project that meets the needs of people and wildlife.
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 ...Read More
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 ...Read More
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!
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 ...Read More