WSG News Blog

Washington Sea Grant to Hold First-Ever Virtual Orca Bowl Competition for High School Teams March 6 and 7

March 2, 2021

On the first weekend of March, 12 teams of high school students from across the state will log on to compete in the 24th annual Orca Bowl. The teams will test their knowledge of marine science with one another, hoping to earn a spot to the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) Finals, which will be held virtually in May and feature a theme of: “Plunging into Our Polar Seas”.

The event is always fun-filled and ...

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How Collaborative Research Reduced Seabird Bycatch

February 25, 2021

How Collaborative Research Reduced Seabird Bycatch

A UW EarthLab “Lunch & Learn” presentation celebrating the 50th anniversary of Washington Sea Grant

Wednesday, March 9, 12:30pm

This is the first of three presentations on successful cross-collaborative projects involving multiple partners.

Co-sponsors: UW Center for Global Studies; Center for Health & the Global Environment; Urban@UW; Washington Sea Grant

Panelists:

Ed Melvin, Washington Sea Grant and affiliate professor, UW School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences

Julia Parrish, professor, UW Biology

John McHenry, owner and captain of the Seymour & Member, Fishing ...

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Meet Heather Yu: 2021 Keystone Fellow

February 17, 2021

Washington Sea Grant is excited to welcome Heather Yu as the newest Keystone Fellow.

Heather grew up in the heart of Texas, but traded cacti for pines when she moved to Washington to pursue a master’s degree at the UW Evans School of Public Policy & Governance, specializing in environmental policy. To complete her degree, Heather worked with the ...

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Estimating the Socioeconomic Benefits of SoundToxins, an Early Warning System for Harmful Algal Blooms in Puget Sound

February 3, 2021

Washington Sea Grant, the Northwest Fisheries Science Center and the Washington Department of Health received federal funding to quantify SoundToxins impact

Washington Sea Grant (WSG), the Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC) and the Washington Department of Health (WDOH) have received a grant for $279,926 from NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science Centers for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research (NCCOS CSCOR) to estimate the socioeconomic benefits of SoundToxins, an early warning system for harmful algal blooms (HABs) in Puget Sound.

In ...

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Karen Morrill-McClure Nominated for UW Together We Will Award

January 27, 2021

We are proud to share that Karen Morrill-McClure (they/them), computer systems administrator at Washington Sea Grant, was nominated for the University of Washington Together We Will Award.

The nomination was submitted on behalf of the UW-IT Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Community of Practice organizing group members. Here’s the nomination:

“When we were first launching the UW-IT DEI CoP, Karen stepped into a crucial role as a trusted and essential mentor. They had already been instrumental in forming the Washington ...

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50 Years of Washington Sea Grant

Updated:  Sept 29, 2021

We’re celebrating Washington Sea Grant’s 50th anniversary year with a variety of stories and events

Since its inception, Washington Sea Grant (WSG) has been uniting resources from federal, state and our local universities to provide tools, guidance and services benefiting the marine environment, economy and people of Washington.

This year, we celebrate our first 50 years ...

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Washington Sea Grant Receives Federal Funding to Track Aquaculture Production

January 27, 2021

National Sea Grant awarded $4.7 million total to strengthen the economics of the U.S. aquaculture industry 

Washington Sea Grant (WSG) has been awarded $376,990 in federal funding for a project to collect and analyze data that will assist in sustainable shellfish aquaculture management and development. This is one of 12 research projects selected by the National Sea Grant College Program to advance the understanding of the economics of aquaculture businesses and provide the industry with important market information to ...

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From Our Dock to Your Table: Bellingham Dockside Market Connects Fishermen and Local Consumers

January 13, 2021

By Grace Freeman, WSG Science Communications Fellow

As Bellingham SeaFeast director Liz Purdy was gearing up for the 2020 festival scheduled for September, it quickly became clear that this year’s event would be different. Founded in 2016, SeaFeast is an annual seafood-focused event that brings together industry professionals, educational booths, food trucks, and live music for a weekend to celebrate the working harbor and fishing industry in Bellingham, Washington. When the pandemic made the usual large-scale gathering impossible, ...

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Cruisin’ the Fossil Coastline Virtual Opening Celebration

January 12, 2020

In case you missed it, here’s the recording for Cruisin’ the Fossil Coastline Virtual Opening Celebration from the Burke Museum, a special exhibit opening sponsored by Washington Sea Grant. Learn how artist Ray Troll and curator Dr. Kirk Johnson created a lifelong friendship and partnership that over the past decades has led to a brand new exhibit on view at the Burke Museum.

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Reimagining Our Future Shorelines

The Washington Coastal Resilience Project will continue to help communities prepare for shoreline hazards for years to come  

By MaryAnn Wagner

Owen Beach, located in Point Defiance Park, is a popular area for many communities in Tacoma, providing beach access for boaters, swimmers and kayakers, and a space for public events. A few years ago, city planners ...

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