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Public Comment Sought for Washington Sea Grant Site Review

September 20, 2019

Washington Sea Grant will be reviewed on November 5 -7, 2019 by a team convened by the National Sea Grant Program.

The review will be conducted at the University of Washington campus and will consider all aspects of the WSG program including management and organization, performance, stakeholder engagement and collaborative activities, including those with various offices of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

This notice invites you to participate in our review. Please submit written comments by Monday, October 21, ...

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Three Washington Graduate Students Selected for the 2019 NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowship

August 21, 2019

Washington Sea Grant is excited to share that three of the eight graduate students selected for the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)–Sea Grant Fellowship this year are from the University of Washington. Through the fellowship, doctoral students are provided with two- and three-year research opportunities in either population and ecosystem dynamics or marine resource economics, including direct experiences working closely with local NOAA experts on thesis issues of public interest and relevance to NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service.

The 2019 ...

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Sea-level rise report contains best projections yet for Washington’s coasts

July 30, 2018

A new report led by Washington Sea Grant and the University of Washington’s Climate Impacts Group provides the clearest picture yet of what to expect in sea-level rise along Washington state coastlines.

The report, entitled Projected Sea Level Rise for Washington State – A 2018 Assessment,  includes projections for more than 150 different sites along the Washington coastline, from all marine shorelines in Washington state. It incorporates the unique geology-driven land motion, with uplift at Neah Bay and ...

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Russell Callender named director of Washington Sea Grant

July 17, 2018

Assistant administrator of NOAA’s National Ocean Service in Washington, D.C., Dr. Callender, takes the helm at Washington Sea Grant in September

Dr. W. Russell Callender has been named the director of Washington Sea Grant and  joined the organization in September 2018. Callender emerged as the best person to lead Washington Sea Grant as a result of an advisory search ...

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Update on Sea Grant Funding for 2019 from WSG Interim Director

 

June 15, 2018

UPDATE: We are happy to report that the House and Senate have yet again demonstrated strong support for the Sea Grant program.  This week, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee proposed a bill that would fund the National Sea Grant program for fiscal year 2019 at $83 million, including $12 million for marine aquaculture – $6.5M above the fiscal year 2018 level.  The House moved similarly a few weeks ago, with the House Appropriations Subcommittee recommending $80 million for ...

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Selling Your Catch: Sea Grant Programs Release New Edition of Direct Marketing Guide

March 1, 2018

The Sea Grant programs in Alaska and Washington are releasing a new, updated edition of the popular Fishermen’s Direct Marketing Manual. As the business climate of the seafood industry evolves, many fishermen are choosing to directly market their catch in hopes of capturing more of its value so the publication’s release is timely.

Hard copies of the 5th edition of the manual, edited by Terry Johnson, are now available through Alaska Sea Grant’s online bookstore. The ...

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2016 Washington Sea Grant-Funded Projects

December, 2016

Shoreline armoring removal: synthesis and assessment of restoration effectiveness in Puget Sound

Jeffrey Cordell, Jason Toft and Emily Howe, UW School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences; Megan Dethier, UW Friday Harbor Laboratories

Local officials, state resource managers and conscientious property owners have shown growing enthusiasm for removing bulkheads to restore natural shorelines and shore habitats. The Puget Sound Partnership’s 2014/15 Action Agenda identifies shoreline armoring as a significant threat and restoration as a main strategic goal. But monitoring of restoration sites ...

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Tides of Change: A Capitol Hill Briefing

June 30, 2016

Senator Cantwell’s office recently hosted a Capital Hill briefing called Tides of Change on economic and social changes resulting from our changing oceans. The briefing featured a panel of experts, including WSG’s Social Scientist Melissa Poe, who spoke to a room filled with 60 legislative staff, federal agencies, and non-governmental organizations and several Sea Grant fellows.

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To Be Sustainable, Conservation Needs to Consider the Human Factor

April 12, 2016

International researchers urge including the social sciences in ecosystem management, highlighting indicators of human well-being developed by Washington Sea Grant and the Northwest Fisheries Science Center.

For too long, sustainability goals and environmental management have failed to consider the human side of conservation—how decisions affect people’s lives, and how human culture, values, and equity affect conservation outcomes. Social science can contribute significantly to advancing and assessing conservation efforts. These are the conclusions of a paper published April 1 in ...

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Local Conservation Expert to Lead Washington Sea Grant Outreach

March 1, 2016

When Paul Dye focuses on marine conservation, change happens. Dye now brings that focus to Washington Sea Grant, where he recently began serving as the new assistant director for outreach for the marine research, education and outreach organization.

Dye’s previous work in Washington has conserved fish and shellfish habitat, supported fisheries innovations to create sustainability, helped coastal communities adapt to climate change, and reduced the risk of oil spills.

Dye has 30 years experience in the conservation field, spanning protection ...

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