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New Indigenous Aquaculture Website

May 20, 2021

The Cross-Pacific Indigenous Aquaculture Collaborative has launched a new website to inform and bring communities together to enhance and grow sustainable coastal food systems. 

Visit the website here!

Did you know that Hawaiian fish ponds once produced 400-600 pounds of fish per acre each year? Sustainable indigenous aquaculture has endured for millennia, and these systems will continue to unite ecosystems and cultures, as well as expand our food connections throughout the Pacific.

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Statement of Solidarity with the AAPI Community

March 24, 2021

We at Washington Sea Grant (WSG) are deeply saddened and angered by the murders that occurred in Atlanta spas last week, the latest manifestation of the hate and violence escalating against Asians over the past year.

Asians, Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) are integral members of our community,  contribute to our civic and cultural lives and play key roles in our fisheries and maritime industries in Washington. AAPI communities have long been critical contributors to the success of aquaculture and ...

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Karen Morrill-McClure Nominated for UW Together We Will Award

January 27, 2021

We are proud to share that Karen Morrill-McClure (they/them), computer systems administrator at Washington Sea Grant, was nominated for the University of Washington Together We Will Award.

The nomination was submitted on behalf of the UW-IT Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Community of Practice organizing group members. Here’s the nomination:

“When we were first launching the UW-IT DEI CoP, Karen stepped into a crucial role as a trusted and essential mentor. They had already been instrumental in forming the Washington ...

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Harmonizing with my Roots

November 20, 2020

Melissa Watkinson reflects on her Indigenous heritage and her new role at Washington Sea Grant

By Melissa Watkinson, Equity, Access and Community Engagement Lead

Heartbeats thump to the rhythm of the collective drum that echoes throughout downtown Seattle. Voices call, respond, and sing in unison. Tired feet lift up, taking long strides that are motivated by the need to move to the erupting sounds that rise along the winding concrete. Words roaring from our bellies, harmonizing with the ...

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UW Graduate Selected as New WSG Keystone Fellow

October 13, 2020

Washington Sea Grant (WSG) is excited to announce that University of Washington graduate Andres Sheikh has been selected as the 2020–2021 WSG Keystone Fellow. Through the fellowship, he will spend the year working at the Puget Sound Partnership. He started his position earlier this month.

Launched last year, the WSG Keystone Fellowship seeks to build pathways into marine science, policy and related industry careers for individuals who are historically underrepresented in those fields. This paid fellowship offers a unique ...

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Building an Antidote to “Helicopter Research”

September 15, 2020

A Washington Sea Grant intern shares lessons from his summer here, and how he’s passing those lessons on through the Community Engagement Toolkit

By William Walker, Doris Duke Conservation Scholar

Washington Sea Grant (WSG) has been a leader in marine research, outreach and education for over 50 years. More recently, WSG has recognized the urgency of intersectionality in our conservation initiatives and has been thinking about how we make communities the ...

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Statement of Solidarity from WSG Staff

June 8, 2020 

The killing of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Manuel Ellis, Ahmaud Arbery, Charleena Lyles, and countless others has left the nation reeling as it confronts the continuing brutality of racism in America. We are writing this to stand with the Black community during these painful times.

At Washington Sea Grant (WSG) we are having robust conversations on how to best use our platform and our voice. We acknowledge that as an organization, we have much work to ...

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Washington Sea Grant: Terms and Definitions, Values and Roadmap Goals

From the spring 2020 Sea Star print newsletter

Terms and Definitions

Diversity: Demographic representation and appreciation of individual, social, economic, and cultural differences. WSG embraces individuals of all ages, races, ethnicities, national origins, gender identities, sexual orientations, abilities, cultures, religions, citizenship statuses, marital statuses, education levels, job classifications, veteran status, income, and socioeconomic statuses.

Equity: A state, quality, or ideal of being fair and just. WSG is committed to fair and just opportunities for all persons. WSG works to challenge and respond ...

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Making Adventure Accessible

Sea Wolf Adventures takes passengers with disabilities to the Pacific Northwest’s most beautiful places

From the spring 2020 Sea Star print newsletter

Kimber Owen, owner of Sea Wolf Adventures, has an exceptional memory for the people that she’s taken on her 12-passenger cruise ship, which frequents Pacific Northwest jewels such as the San Juan Islands and Glacier Bay National Park. There was the police officer who wanted to propose to his girlfriend but, fearing he ...

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New Washington Sea Grant Fellowship Promotes Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Marine Careers—Inaugural Fellow Selected

September 16, 2019

Washington Sea Grant (WSG) is excited to announce the launch of our new Keystone Fellowship Program. The Washington Sea Grant Keystone Fellowship seeks to build pathways into marine science, policy and related industry careers for individuals who are historically underrepresented in those fields. This paid fellowship offers a unique educational opportunity by matching highly motivated and qualified individuals with host offices throughout Washington State. The Fellowship offers first-hand experience working on projects that help WSG better understand, conserve ...

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