WSG News Blog

Washington Clean Vessel Act Program Expands Options for Boaters

May 1,, 2022

Second mobile pumpout vessel expands options for Pierce County and south sound boaters, protecting state waters from sewage pollution

For the past two years, the pandemic has stimulated boat sales by 17.8% and increased boater activity on the waters in Washington State. With an increase in boating activity, Washington State Parks Clean Vessel Act Program ...

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State Parks Clean Vessel Act Grant Program Funds $700K in New Pumpout and Floating Restroom Project

April 10, 2022

CONTACTS:
MaryAnn Wagner, Washington Sea Grant, 206-371-7656, maryannb@uw.edu
Catherine Buchalski Smith, CVA Grant Program, Catherine.BuchalskiSmith@parks.wa.gov
Christina Rohila, Pierce County, christina.rohila@piercecountywa.gov
Jeff Barney, Pierce County, jeff.barney@piercecountywa.gov
Paul Henriksen, Port of Lopez, paulh@portoflopez.com 

It will now be easier for recreational boaters to safely pump out vessel sewage and keep Washington’s waters clean with an expansion of mobile pumpout services in South Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands. The State Parks Clean ...

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Tesla STEM Students Win Statewide Orca Bowl Competition

March 31, 2022

The “junior olympics of marine science” in the Northwest

On March 26, 2022, 12 teams from across Washington state met in the University of Washington Fisheries Sciences Building to compete in the twenty-fifth rendition of the beloved Orca Bowl competition. These students brought a wealth of marine knowledge in the hopes of making it to the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) finals, which will be held virtually this year from May 6 to 15.

The students from Tesla STEM High ...

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New Staff: WSG Welcomes Michelle Lepori-Bui

March 30, 2022

Washington Sea Grant is thrilled to welcome Michelle Lepori-Bui, marine water quality specialist, to the team.

Michelle partners with Native tribes, aquaculture businesses, natural resource managers, environmental education centers, and other community groups and volunteers to monitor and address marine water quality issues in Washington. She provides technical assistance and support to the SoundToxins program, which focuses ...

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How can we better prepare for natural hazards on our coasts? Inter-organizational collaboration to assist local efforts may be key

March 24, 2022

A newly completed project lays the foundation for a team to help Washington’s coastal communities be better prepared for floods, erosion and other coastal hazards

Floods. Erosion. Sea level rise. Tsunamis. All of these hazards threaten Washington State’s coasts — with potentially dire consequences. Although there have been many efforts and investments to respond to disaster events, geographically isolated communities on the state’s Pacific coast often lack sufficient capacity to undertake comprehensive planning efforts to ...

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New story map unites sea gardens around the Pacific and shows the importance of revitalizing Indigenous mariculture practices for food sovereignty and resilience

February 17, 2022

See the interactive, “living” story map at www.seagardens.net

Indigenous People have been stewarding the ocean for thousands of years. This stewardship has appeared in many different forms around the world, all of which represent a reciprocal relationship between humans and the sea rooted in deep place-based knowledge. From octopus houses in Haida Gwaii to fish ponds in Hawaiʻi, an Indigenous mariculture renaissance is making waves as groups across the Pacific seek to ...

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Washington Sea Grant and the Puget Sound Partnership Contribute Nearly $2.5 Million to Fund Research in Coastal Washington

February 1, 2022

Nine projects have been selected through a competitive request for proposals process

 

Seattle – Washington Sea Grant (WSG) announced today over $2 million in funding for new marine research projects in 2022 and a new research partnership with the Puget Sound Partnership contributing $432,000. The combined funds totaling over $2.5 million will go toward scientific endeavors that will help lead to healthier and more resilient coastal ecosystems and communities in Washington State. In addition, WSG is pleased ...

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Washington Sea Grant Receives Funding from The Builders Initiative to Support Restorative Aquaculture

January 26, 2022

Washington Sea Grant will use the $400,000 grant to further two key projects: the Cross-Pacific Indigenous Aquaculture Collaborative and the Washington Seaweed Collaborative

From tribal fishermen exercising their treaty fishing rights to oyster farmers in south Puget Sound, seafood harvesting and aquaculture are vital to Pacific Northwest culture and commerce. However, forces including climate change, ocean acidification and coastal development threaten these sources of sustenance and tradition. Restorative aquaculture — that is, sustainable ocean farming ...

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Learn the Skills to Land a Job Fishing Salmon in Alaska

January 25, 2022

The new Purse Seine Vessel Crew Member Training Program will hold its first session in April 2022 — register online at www.gigharborboatshop.org

The Gig Harbor BoatShop and Washington Sea Grant are launching the Purse Seine Vessel Crew Member Training Program, or “Crew School,” designed to provide instruction on the fundamental skills needed to work on a commercial fishing vessel. Led by experienced captains and crew, the hands-on curriculum will be taught in the classroom, aboard commercial fishing vessels ...

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Watch: 50th Anniversary Commemorative Video

December 27, 2021

Washington Sea Grant celebrates 50 years of service in Washington State in 2021. Take a look back over 50 years in this commemorative video celebrating Washington Sea Grant’s contributions to our state and look forward to another 50 years ahead.

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A Mariner’s Life for Me
From the winter 2021–2022 Sea Star print newsletter

The Seafarer Collective provides accessible educational programs for aspiring mariners to sustain and diversify the maritime workforce

By Kathleen McKeegan, WSG Science Communications Fellow

For Captain Halee Grimes, all it took was one look at an old wooden boat while she was in college. Since then, she has sailed the seas on several differently-rigged tall ships, like the kind ...

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Looking Back on 50 Years: Former Director Louis Echols Championed Washington Sea Grant Through Partnerships and Mentorship

In honor of the 50th anniversary of Washington Sea Grant, we’re sharing reflections from current and former longtime staff about their work.

Serving as director for over 22 years, Louis Echols’ influence on Washington Sea Grant’s (WSG) mission can be seen throughout our community. Echol’s joined WSG in 1983, developing the program into a coherent and responsive organization by being an advocate for fellows and staff and by developing community partnerships. In celebration of WSG’s 50th year, we reached out to Echols about ...

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