In Puget Sound, The Nature Conservancy in Washington wants to learn more about shellfish aquaculture structures and how they impact the marine environment for specific organisms or life stages. They partner with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Washington Sea Grant, as well as the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe and shellfish farms, to study which fish and crab species use shellfish aquaculture habitats.
Scientist Carrie Garrison-Laney, a coastal hazards specialist for Washington Sea Grant and liason to the Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, pieces together stories of past tsunamis in the Pacific Northwest. Understanding the destruction caused by past tsunamis can prepare vulnerable coastal communities for future events.
October is National Seafood Month
Washington's Bellingham SeaFeast (not “fest”, as I learned) was truly a feast of the ocean’s bounty.
Sea Grant helps coastal communities prepare for and adapt to sea-level rise
Recent work from Washington and Hawai'i Sea Grant programs highlights Sea Grant's role in preparing coastal communities across the country for rising sea levels.
With an extensive background in a wide range of environmental, scientific and marine policy issues, Penny Dalton has served as Washington Sea Grant’s director since 2005.