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Washington Sea Grant achieved college status in 1971 and is based at the University of Washington. They are dedicated to improving the translation of research and scientific information into knowledge for use in the marine environment by communities, businesses, managers and the people of Washington state, the Pacific Northwest and the nation.

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Washington Sea Grant by the Numbers

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*Metrics are direct results of Sea Grant work between February 1, 2020 and January 31, 2021 as reported by Sea Grant programs in Summer 2021. Economic impact = market and non-market value of Sea Grant's work; value of jobs and businesses. Seafood industry personnel refers to the number of fishermen, seafood processing or aquaculture industry personnel who modify their practices using knowledge gained in fisheries sustainability and seafood safety as a result of Sea Grant activities.

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Meet Washington Sea Grant Experts

Vera Trainer, Ph.D.

Oceanographer, NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center – As manager of the Northwest Fisheries Science Center’s Marine Biotoxin Program, Vera develops early warning systems to mitigate impacts of harmful algal blooms (HABs) on coastal fisheries. She is also the lead investigator of SoundToxins, a volunteer-based early warning system in Puget Sound, and the Olympic Region HAB program, a regional monitoring effort involving federal, state and local agencies, coastal tribes and academic institutions. 

"Harmful algal blooms can have devastating impacts on coastal communities.  Providing early warning of these blooms helps to promote community resilience and protect human and marine animal health"

Jason Toft

Senior Research Scientist, University of Washington – Jason studies the effects of shoreline armoring in Puget Sound. He helped establish standardized protocols for the Shoreline Monitoring Toolbox and coordinates the Puget Sound Ecosystem Monitoring Program Nearshore work group to increase communication on nearshore issues and improve restoration efforts.

"By understanding how urbanization has modified the natural environment, we hope to improve shoreline restoration for the ecological community and the people that depend on them."

Jeff Cordell

Principal Research Scientist, University of Washington – As principal research scientist with the Wetland Ecosystem Team, Jeff studies how human activities affect aquatic ecosystems including issues ranging from invasive species to habitat restoration.  His recent work has largely focused on understanding how juvenile salmon and their invertebrate prey are affected by the built environment (e.g., seawalls, piers) and strategies to improve habitat, including growth of filamentous microalgae or “brown scum” around these structures.

"You can’t count out brown scum – many of the little critters that are important in juvenile salmon diets rely on brown scum for food and refuge."

Washington Stories and News

NOAA Sea Grant awards $3.5 million to improve sustainable aquaculture, strengthen seafood resources

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NOAA Sea Grant awards $3.5 million to improve sustainable aquaculture, strengthen seafood resources

NOAA Sea Grant today announced $3.5 million in federal funding to support two efforts aiding sustainable growth of U.S. seafood, one focused on improving coordination for marine aquaculture development and another that addresses COVID-19 impacts to seafood resources.  

How does shellfish aquaculture interact with Puget Sound's marine life?

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How does shellfish aquaculture interact with Puget Sound's marine life?

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.

Looking to the Past to Understand Future Tsunami Threats

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Looking to the Past to Understand Future Tsunami Threats

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. 

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