Hazard Resilience and Climate Adaptation

Alleviating Regulatory Impediments to Native Shellfish Aquaculture

With funding from a national strategic initiative, researchers are examining local adaptation in native Olympia oysters to help predict the impacts of culturing native shellfish species for restoration and commercial production.

Principal Investigator
Steven Roberts

Basic Watchstanding for Fishing Crews

A low cost curriculum is was developed to improve fishing crew competency in vessel operation, which will reduce the risk of accidents.

Principal Investigator
Jake Beattie

Ecology and Economics of Shellfish Aquaculture

In 2013, the Washington State Legislature directed and funded WSG to initiate a shellfish aquaculture research program. The purpose of the program is to assess possible negative and positive effects, including cumulative and economic impacts, of evolving Washington shellfish aquaculture practices.

Principal Investigator
Jonathan Reum

Effect of Salmon Omega-3 Fatty Acids on PBDE Toxicity

Exploring the interaction between harmful PBDEs and helpful omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, researchers assessed the health risks and benefits of eating seafood. Results show that antioxidants in salmon and other foods have beneficial effects in cells and may have protective properties against toxic PDBEs in vivo.

Principal Investigator
Evan Gallagher

Effects of Ocean Acidification on Declining Puget Sound Calcifiers

Examining five ecologically and economically important bivalves, researchers found these species exhibit different susceptibility to increasing CO2 levels. Under the conditions tested, clams were relative winners and oysters losers.

Principal Investigator
Carolyn S. Friedman

Glass Sponge Reef Habitat in the Pacific Northwest

Research cruises resulted in discovery of glass sponge reefs, methane bubble streams, and dense swarms of krill in Grays Canyon, spurring large-scale geological research investment in the area.

Principal Investigator
Paul Johnson

Hydrothermal conversion of sugar kelp into hydrocarbons

Researchers employ catalytic hydrothermal liquefaction to convert wet sugar kelp to hydrocarbons that can be used as drop-in transportation fuels or high-value chemicals, and engage UW students through summer courses on kelp aquaculture and product development.

Principal Investigator
Fernando Resende

Keta Project

This study will examine consumer attitudes toward salmon consumption and sustainable fishing in the Pacific Northwest.

Principal Investigator
Stanford Goto

Local Adaptation and Seasonal Distribution of Puget Sound Herring Stocks

Researchers will use genetic markers to establish the distribution of genetically distinct Puget Sound herring populations to identify causes for specific population declines, anticipate future threats and adjust management strategies to protect population diversity.

Principal Investigator
Lorenz Hauser

Maritime Discovery Schools Initiative

Project supports an initiative of Port Townsend Schools and marine professionals to integrate maritime skills and at-sea experience into local K-12 educational curricula.

Principal Investigator
Sarah Rubenstein

Oil Spill Vulnerability Models

This project takes a closer look at how oil spills affect different species of Pacific Northwest seabirds so that we can predict the taxon-specific vulnerability to oiling.

Principal Investigator
Julia Parrish

Reconstructing a Century of Coastal Productivity and Predator Trophic Dynamics using Compound-specific Stable Isotopes from Archival Bone Specimens

This project uses a new, state-of-the-art technique called compound-specific isotope analysis to examine the ratios of two nitrogen isotopes in archived seal bone collagen. With these data, researchers will be able to address hypotheses about the role of increasing marine predator biomass on coastal ecosystems.

Principal Investigator
Gordon Holtgrieve

Sea School

Researchers address the maritime workforce capacity needs by creating Sea School, an initiative that provides vocational training and outreach to inform young people about maritime careers.

Principal Investigator
Brandi Bednarik

Transmission of Harmful Algal Bloom Toxins Through the Food Web

Researchers will survey for algal toxins in fish species caught in tribal commercial fisheries, to increase research and monitoring capacity within the Makah Tribe through expanding the Tribe’s capability to perform algal toxin analyses in-house.

Principal Investigator
Adrianne Akmajian

Troubled Sediments: Heterosigma Cyst Formation and Longevity

Using a broad, integrated toolbox of techniques, researchers uncovered important information about Heterosigma’s behavior, life-history parameters, and metabolism. These findings can be used to build a testable model for predicting harmful algal blooms.

Principal Investigator
Rose Ann Cattolico

Using molecular scatology to determine winter and spring pinniped predation on Chinook salmon in Northwest Washington: Implications for salmon recovery, fisheries management, and endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales

Researchers will use molecular scatology and quantitative models to advance understanding of how winter and spring pinniped predation on Chinook salmon in Northwest Washington affects salmon recovery and Southern Resident Killer Whales.

Principal Investigator
Adrianne Akmajian

Washington Coastal Resilience Project 2016-2018

To gauge potential carbon sequestration in Northwest estuaries, researchers measure stored carbon in a Stillaguamish River saltmarsh restoration, and how fast it accumulates.

Principal Investigator
John Rybczyk

West Coast Aquaculture Collaborative

Washington Sea Grant, Oregon Sea Grant, and California Sea Grant form a collaborative hub to promote sustainable aquaculture on the West Coast.

Project Lead
Paul Dye