WSG News Blog

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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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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Looking Underwater to Uncover the Marine Environment of Shellfish Aquaculture
From the winter 2021–2022 Sea Star print newsletter

Researchers use Go-Pro cameras to document life beneath the surface on shellfish farms

By Hannah Jeffries, WSG Science Communications Fellow

Shellfish growers spend countless hours on the tideflats each year to produce sustainable seafood for everyone to enjoy. All of this time out on the tideflats gives growers an extensive understanding of the environment around their farms, including the other organisms that live there. But their eyes can only take in what goes on ...

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Sowing (Clam) Seed for the Indigenous Aquaculture Leaders of Tomorrow
From the winter 2021–2022 Sea Star print newsletter

How the Cross-Pacific Regional Collaborative Hub for Indigenous Aquaculture fosters student participation, research and communications

By MaryAnn Wagner, WSG Assistant Director for Communications

On an early morning at Kapapapuhi Point Park, one of the few public access points to Puʻuloa (Pearl Harbor)in Oʻahu, Amanda Millin stands knee deep in mud with chainsaw in hand, preparing to remove an invasive mangrove tree with her crew. This is a typical day for Millin since she ...

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Logging Change in Puget Sound
From the winter 2021–2022 Sea Star print newsletter

 

Researchers use UW vessel logbooks to reconstruct historical groundfish populations

To understand how Puget Sound has changed, we first must understand how it used to be. Unlike most major estuaries in the U.S. — and despite the abundance of world-class oceanographic institutions in the area — long-term monitoring of Puget Sound fish populations did not exist until 1990. Filling in this missing information is essential to establishing a baseline that would provide context ...

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Looking Back on 50 Years: Robyn Ricks Turns Science Into Art

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

Robyn Ricks has shaped how the outside world sees Washington Sea Grant for over two decades. As the program’s creative director, Ricks designs communications platforms from websites to print newsletters to formal presentations. She brings an element of magic to everything she touches, turning even the most bureaucratic of documents into something beautiful. “Robyn’s initiative here was special, and ...

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