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Four Recent Graduates Announced as Finalists for John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship

Updated September 21, 2022

We are pleased to announce that three recent graduate students — Mitchell G. Hebner, Caroline Potter, Kelsey Rudes and Jacquelyn Shaff — were selected as finalists for the 2023 class of the prestigious John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Program.

Since 1979, the National Sea Grant College Program has provided one-year fellowships working within federal government offices in Washington, D.C. to over 1,400 early-career professionals. Legislative fellows typically spend their time learning about marine-related policy ...

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Nicole Faghin, WSG Coastal Management Specialist, Retires

July 26, 2022

Best of luck in your next adventures, Nicole!

Nicole Faghin, who served as a Washington Sea Grant coastal management specialist since 2012, has retired. During her time at WSG, Nicole was an invaluable resource to planners, decision-makers and community members as she fostered partnerships and shared information to make Salish Sea coastlines more environmentally-friendly and resilient. She says she is particularly proud of her work with the Washington Coastal Resilience Project and ...

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New study: 2021 heat wave created ‘perfect storm’ for shellfish die-off

June 23, 2022

Around this time last year, the Pacific Northwest experienced excruciating, record-breaking heat. With funding from Washington Sea Grant, a team led by the University of Washington has compiled and analyzed hundreds of field observations to produce the first comprehensive report of the impacts of the 2021 heat wave on shellfish. The researchers found that many shellfish were victims of a “perfect storm” of factors that contributed to widespread death: The lowest low tides of the year occurred during ...

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New Staff: WSG Welcomes Tracey Fugami

May 31, 2022

We are thrilled to welcome Tracey Fugami as the new human resources specialist at Washington Sea Grant.

Tracey has found passion and fulfillment in the work of human resources (HR) for nonprofit industries. For five years she served as the HR Director at Asian Counseling and Referral Service where she led strategic and operational leadership for the organization. Prior ...

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Help Shape Washington Sea Grant’s Strategic Plan

May 31, 2022

Take WSG’s Strategic Planning Survey and make a difference.

Dear partners and stakeholders,

As the Washington Sea Grant (WSG) Director, I want to personally invite you to help shape the strategic plan for our upcoming 2024-2027 program. If you use, manage, study, or care about coastal and marine resources, then your input ...

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New Staff: WSG Welcomes Ashli Blow

April 25, 2022

Washington Sea Grant is thrilled to welcome Ashli Blow, communications specialist, to the team.

As a communications specialist, Ashli helps advance storytelling related to WSG activities by working alongside researchers and outreach specialists. She develops copy, video and other content on various communication mediums, ranging from digital platforms to print publications.

Previously, Ashli lived and worked in Memphis, Tennessee as a breaking news producer and writer before moving to the Pacific Northwest for ...

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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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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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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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