Aquaculture

Send Your Ideas: What Are the Best Pacific Northwest Oyster Stories?

October 19, 2020 

“Shuck, slurp, repeat.”

Washington Sea Grant is proud to announce its plan to revise and update the popular book, Heaven on the Half Shell: The Story of the Northwest’s Love Affair with the Oyster.

Heaven on the Half Shell tells the true story of oyster farming in the Pacific Northwest. Informative text and engrossing historic and contemporary photos showcase the efforts of pioneering aquaculturists, scientists, field technicians, oyster connoisseurs and others who ...

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Welcome To Our New Aquaculture Specialist

October 15, 2020

Washington Sea Grant (WSG) is excited to welcome Nicole Naar as a new aquaculture specialist.

Born and raised in the Tampa Bay area, Nicole developed a love for marine science while spending summers at the beach. Although her interests shifted to social science while she attended college at Emory University, as an applied ...

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New Video Explores the Power of Kelp

June 17, 2020 

Kelp absorbs carbon dioxide and other nutrients from seawater as it grows, potentially improving conditions for shellfish and other species. Can we harness this power of kelp by farming kelp and oysters together? In partnership with Washington Sea Grant, a team of leading researchers set out to find the answer to that question. Watch the video below to learn more about the project.

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Community Science Volunteers are as Important as Ever During the COVID-19 Pandemic

June 17, 2020

By Brandon McWilliams, WSG Science Communications Fellow 

On a normal spring day along the Puget Sound, chances are good that one of the people enjoying the coast is also doing scientific research. Many projects at Washington Sea Grant (WSG) rely on dedicated teams of volunteers to keep tabs on conditions along our coast. These volunteers do everything from monitor invasive European green crab populations with WSG Crab Team, to checking toxic algae ...

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WSG Response to COVID-19

Updated September 1, 2020

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to impact all aspects of society, Washington Sea Grant (WSG) has been mobilizing its resources to support communities and stakeholders across the state:

  • At the onset of the outbreak, Washington Sea Grant was among the first organizations to reach out to the state’s shellfish industry, providing an online webinar on COVID-19 resources for the shellfish industry which featured speakers from the Washington Department of Commerce.
  • An advisory group representing all fisheries niches in ...
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Seaweed Farming Intensive Training Helps Kickstart a New Local Industry

February 20, 2020

There has been a lot of recent interest in kickstarting a seaweed industry in Washington. But is it currently possible? If you want to become a kelp farmer, where do you even start?

Earlier this month, Washington Sea Grant (WSG) hosted a Seaweed Farming Intensive Training to help aspiring seaweed farmers and entrepreneurs answer these and other questions. The first event of its kind in the state, the three-day training covered everything from local seaweed ecology, how to ...

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Kelp in the Kitchen: Cochayuyo Chocolates

February 18, 2020

By Bobbie Buzzell, WSG Science Communications Fellow 

Ready to try something really off the beaten path with kelp? If you’ve been following our kelp recipe blogs, you may have noticed an Asian theme with previous posts. But there are indeed other cultures that have incorporated kelp into their cuisine. For this recipe we’re taking a trip down south, where “cochayuyo”, a type of bull kelp, is used up and down the Chilean coast. Cochayuyo (pronounced cach-eh-you-yoh) has been a popular ingredient ...

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Kelp in the Kitchen: Kombu Shiitake Noodle Soup

February 10, 2020

By Abby Rogerson, WSG Student Assistant

This noodle soup is a perfect Sunday night meal, offering warmth and spice that’s deeply satisfying. The broth gets its depth/umami from kombu and dried shiitake mushrooms, both of which are readily available at Asian grocery stores. Kombu is a type of seaweed that encompasses a range of different species. You may notice some white powder on it when you take it out of the package; you can wipe it off, but Read More

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Videos of First WSG Shellfish Study Workshop Now Available Online

December 17, 2019

Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor are home to some of the most productive oyster farms in the country, but in recent years these estuaries have been plagued by an active burrowing shrimp population that threatens much of coastal Washington’s oyster grounds.

Washington Sea Grant hosted the first of four workshops in support of the Washington Coast Shellfish Aquaculture Study in South Bend recently, kicking off a three-year applied research project to assist planning and collaboration amongst tideland managers, owners and ...

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