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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 reported in July 2018 for work conducted February 1, 2017 to January 31, 2018. Economic impact = market and non-market value of Sea Grant's work; value of jobs and businesses. Jobs = jobs created or sustained as a result of Sea Grant efforts. K-12 students reached through Sea Grant education efforts.

Washington Sea Grant Featured Impacts

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

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. 

Rising above the tide

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Rising above the tide

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.

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