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New Staff: Sydney Fishman

February 28, 2023

We are thrilled to welcome Sydney Fishman as a coastal management specialist at Washington Sea Grant.

In this role, Sydney helps shoreline and coastal decision-makers find solutions to their complex management issues. Her work spans the broad areas of shoreline management, shoreline stabilization and coastal resilience.

She fosters a shoreline management community of practice in western Washington with networking, outreach, training, and resources; supports the development of regional incentives for shoreline landowners to reduce hard shoreline armor; and supports local and state planning for climate change and sea level rise with tools and research.

Prior to joining Washington Sea Grant in February 2023, Sydney worked with the Washington Department of Ecology in two capacities. As the 2018 NOAA Coastal Management Fellow she identified opportunities to help local governments in Puget Sound better implement the shoreline stabilization rules in their Shoreline Master Programs. Following her fellowship, Sydney continued to work on regional shoreline stabilization issues and expanded her portfolio to include shoreline management grants, training development, and statewide climate change planning.


Washington Sea Grant, based at the University of Washington, helps people and marine life thrive through research, technical expertise and education supporting the responsible use and conservation of coastal ecosystems. The National Sea Grant College Program is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce.

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