50th Anniversary

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 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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Looking Back on 50 Years: Jeff Adams, A Naturalist at Heart Who Brings Marine Science to the Community

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

By Grace Freeman, WSG Science Communications Fellow

In the 15 years that marine ecologist Jeff Adams has worked at Washington Sea Grant (WSG), the success of his work has largely relied on community involvement. And yet, when Adams helped engage community members across Washington’s Salish Sea to usher in the WSG Crab Team, ...

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Looking Back on 50 Years: Longtime WSG Staff Reflect on Their Work

From the winter 2021–2022 Sea Star print newsletter

In honor of the program’s golden anniversary, we asked four current and former staff to reflect on what they have accomplished here

By Grace Freeman, WSG Science Communications Fellow

Based in Seattle and housed within the University of Washington’s College of the Environment, Washington Sea Grant (WSG) celebrated 50 years in 2021. The world has changed immensely since its inception, and WSG has continued to adapt. Even with these changes, a few key tenants ...

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Looking Back on 50 Years: Sen. Warren G. Magnuson

 

In honor of the 50th anniversary of Washington Sea Grant, we’re digging through our photo archive to share moments from our program’s history.

Senator Warren G. Magnuson, rumored to be pictured here advocating for the establishment of Washington Sea Grant (c. 1970 in Olympia), was a long term supporter of WSG and NOAA, and passionate advocate for environmental issues.

Legislation that Magnuson and his staff championed include the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and ...

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Looking Back on 50 Years: Research Collaboration with Washington Graduate Students

November 12, 2021

 

In honor of the 50th anniversary of Washington Sea Grant, we’re digging through our photo archive to share moments from our program’s history. Here is a photo from the 1980’s of WSG researcher Dr. L. Smith with a graduate student from the University of Washington working on fish physiology research. Collaboration with UW, particularly the College of the Environment, has been a key part of WSG’s mission to encourage robust scientific innovation in service of conservation ...

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Looking Back on 50 Years: WSG Safety Training

May 14, 2021

In honor of the 50th anniversary of Washington Sea Grant, we’re digging through our photo archive to share moments from our program’s history throughout the coming year. Here is a photo from 1979 of one of WSG’s marine safety and first aid trainings, where the participants are practicing cold-water rescue. WSG helps Washington fishermen reduce risks ...

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