Safe and Sustainable Seafood

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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Who Brings Your Seafood to You? An Interview with Pete Knutson

October 19, 2020

By James Lee, Science Communications Fellow

Pete Knutson owns Loki Fish Company, a family business. He fishes mostly salmon, with a bit of halibut on the side. He’s the director of the Puget Sound Harvester’s Association, an industry group that represents non-treaty commercial salmon gillnet fishers, and when he’s not fishing, he’s a professor at Seattle Central Community College. Pete has ...

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Who Brings Your Seafood to You? An Interview with Amy Grondin

 

October 12, 2020

By James Lee, Science Communications Fellow

Amy Grondin is a salmon fisherman and a sustainable seafood consultant. She owns Duna Fisheries, LLC with her business partner and husband Greg Friedrichs. When they’re not fishing on F/V Arminta, their 48-foot wooden fishing boat, their home port is Port Townsend.

Amy grew up in Maine and put ...

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Who Brings Your Seafood to You? An Interview with Andy Mitby

October 5, 2020

By James Lee, Science Communications Fellow

Andy Mitby of Drake Teal Fisheries is a fourth-generation fisherman and also a Husky alum, with a bachelor’s degree in marine science from the University of Washington. He says his house is now divided, now that his kids attend UW and Washington State University. Andy was interviewed just before he left Bristol Bay, Alaska for the ...

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Governor Jay Inslee Proclaims October Seafood Month

October 1, 2020

Consumers have long had access to local Washington seafood through their favorite grocer or farmers market, but this October the state is celebrating Seafood Month by recognizing the growing trend to connect residents to those who supply this local bounty.

With reduced demand from restaurant, market, and global trade during the global COVID-19 pandemic, this ...

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