Safe and Sustainable Seafood

Jenna Keeton Joins WSG as New Fisheries Specialist

October 20, 2021

We are thrilled to welcome Jenna Keeton as the new fisheries specialist at Washington Sea Grant (WSG)!

Jenna works to address the needs of Washington’s fisheries-dependent communities through targeted outreach and collaborative research. At Washington Sea Grant, Jenna’s overarching motivation is to strengthen networks among sustainable commercial fisheries, the seafood industry and consumers. Specifically, she strives to ...

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National Seafood Month: Grilled Fish Tacos

October 18, 2021

By Lucia Davids, WSG Student Assistant 

Our recipe for this week of National Seafood Month is grilled fish tacos. This dish is quick to make and easily customizable for you and your family. Firm white fish is optimal for this recipe, such as cod, halibut or mahi mahi (all potentially good sustainable choices and all typically available at local fish markets!).

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National Seafood Month: Grilled Shrimp Satay

October 11, 2021

By Lucia Davids, WSG Student Assistant 

This week’s feature for National Seafood Month is grilled shrimp satay. If you’re looking to keep things as sustainable as possible in your kitchen, Oregon pink shrimp is highly recommended. As a preparation consideration, let it be noted that I used foil packets for the shrimp and slight alterations to cook time will be necessary if you prefer to grill directly on your coals or grill irons.

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National Seafood Month: Grilled Lemon Parsley Cod

October 4, 2021

By Lucia Davids, WSG Student Assistant 

This week for National Seafood Month, we’ll be indulging in grilled lemon parsley cod. Pacific cod in particular is a good sustainable seafood choice at the moment, especially cod certified by the Marine Stewardship Council. As a preparation consideration, let it be noted that I will be using foil packets for the fish today and slight alterations to cook time will be necessary if you prefer to grill directly on ...

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National Seafood Month: Grilled Rosemary Salmon

September 29, 2021

By Lucia Davids, WSG Student Assistant 

As the chilly Autumn weather rolls in, we set our sights towards comforting meals and recipes that can bring just a little bit of warmth to our days. Traditionally, we tend to move away from outdoor meals and settle into dishes like soups, stews and delicious baked goods. The weather, however, shouldn’t stop you from making your favorite dishes all year long. In fact, much of what we might consider strictly ...

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California, Oregon and Washington Sea Grants Receive NOAA Funding to Address the Pandemic’s Impacts on the Seafood Industry

August 30, 2021

NOAA Sea Grant awarded California, Oregon and Washington Sea Grants $599,988 for a project to help address the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the West Coast seafood industry. The project seeks to enhance seafood availability along the U.S. West Coast by developing marketing resources and infrastructure and conducting associated trainings for West Coast seafood providers and handlers; improve seafood access by increasing public knowledge; increase utilization of (and support for) seafood through a public awareness campaign; ...

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Impacts from the Summer 2021 Heatwave on Washington Shellfish

July 21, 2021

The record-breaking heat that hit the Pacific Northwest from June 23 to 28, 2021, caused harm to many intertidal shellfish and invertebrate species on Washington beaches.

On many beaches, species such as cockles, varnish clams, butter clams, and native littleneck clams—normally buried out of sight—popped to the surface of the substrate in large numbers. Manila clams were also impacted in some areas. Surfaced clams were observed to be gaping, a sign of stress, or had already died from the ...

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Researchers Discover Yessotoxins, Produced by Certain Phytoplankton, to be a Culprit Behind Summer Mass Shellfish Mortality Events in Washington

June 17, 2021

Back in the summers of 2018 and 2019, the shellfish industry in Washington state was rocked by mass mortalities of its crops.

“It was oysters, clams, cockles — all bivalve species in some bays were impacted,” said Teri King, aquaculture and marine water quality specialist at Washington Sea Grant based at the University of Washington. “They were dying, and nobody knew why.”

Now, King and partners from NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center, Northwest ...

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Estimating the Socioeconomic Benefits of SoundToxins, an Early Warning System for Harmful Algal Blooms in Puget Sound

February 3, 2021

Washington Sea Grant, the Northwest Fisheries Science Center and the Washington Department of Health received federal funding to quantify SoundToxins impact

Washington Sea Grant (WSG), the Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC) and the Washington Department of Health (WDOH) have received a grant for $279,926 from NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science Centers for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research (NCCOS CSCOR) to estimate the socioeconomic benefits of SoundToxins, an early warning system for harmful algal blooms (HABs) in Puget Sound.

In ...

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From Our Dock to Your Table: Bellingham Dockside Market Connects Fishermen and Local Consumers

January 13, 2021

By Grace Freeman, WSG Science Communications Fellow

As Bellingham SeaFeast director Liz Purdy was gearing up for the 2020 festival scheduled for September, it quickly became clear that this year’s event would be different. Founded in 2016, SeaFeast is an annual seafood-focused event that brings together industry professionals, educational booths, food trucks, and live music for a weekend to celebrate the working harbor and fishing industry in Bellingham, Washington. When the pandemic made the usual large-scale gathering impossible, ...

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