U.S. waterfronts account for over 6.75 million jobs, $284 billion in wages, and $645 billion in income. Yet across the United States, this real estate is getting squeezed. UW’s Washington Sea Grant is sponsoring a national event March 25-28 in Tacoma for citizens and maritime leaders to discuss waterfront challenges and creative solutions. Read more about this event and how you can participate on the conference website.
The National Sea Grant College Program — part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) — will award a total of almost $1 million to four West Coast projects through the NOAA Sea Grant Aquaculture Research Program, and Washington Sea Grant (WSG) will manage the projects.
“Last year, Washington launched a major initiative to support the state’s thriving and healthy shellfish aquaculture industry,” said WSG Director Penny Dalton. “The selected projects fit the state’s goals and WSG’s interest in encouraging responsible aquaculture.”
A review of oceanographic literature by Washington state researchers suggests Alaska could see the greatest mass of debris from last year’s tsunami in Japan. WSG’s Ian Miller is a co-author; read more here!
State of the Oyster Study volunteers invite you to join them on August 29 to look at bacterial contamination on privately owned beaches in Hood Canal and throughout Puget Sound. Property owners will collect shellfish on their privately owned beaches and bring them to convenient drop-off locations where volunteers, Washington Sea Grant staff, and WSU Extension staff will collect the samples and send them to a lab for testing. Read more here.
USGS Divers Steve Rubin and Reg Reisenbichler laying out a survey transect.
Scuba-diver scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey, with support teams from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, and Washington Sea Grant, are returning to the mouth of the Elwha River to explore and catalogue effects of released sediment on marine life following the nation’s largest dam removal effort. Scientists expect dam removal to cause short-term adverse effects to marine life, followed by large-scale ecosystem resurgence once the river’s sediment load returns to a more normal state. Read more about it here; also, check out this NYTimes blog post about the “biological boomerang” effect on the Elwha.
Scientists at the University of Washington have been working with the shellfish industry since the turn of the 20th century. This productive partnership has brought innovations in hatchery technology, oyster seasonality and more. Now, ocean acidification threatens the shellfish industry, and UW scientists like WSG‘s Joth Davis and SAFS‘ Emma Timmins-Schiffman are collaborating closely with growers to figure out how to adapt. Watch the below video to learn more!