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Washington Sea Grant Lunch and Learn Series

Washington Sea Grant is celebrating 50 years of providing research, outreach, communications and education to Washington’s marine communities. EarthLab has partnered with Washington Sea Grant for a special three-part Collaborating Across Difference mini-series.


PART 3: Boots in the Mud: Monitoring and Management of Invasive European Green Crab in the Salish Sea

July 13 | 12:30 – 1:30 PM

European green crab is one of the world’s most damaging invasive species, classified as injurious by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and as a Level 1 (highest risk) prohibited species in Washington State. The species was ultimately discovered along Washington’s inland shoreline in 2016, with subsequent findings confirmed since then. The Washington Sea Grant (WSG) Crab Team was launched in 2015 at the request of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Through the team’s efforts, a 250+ volunteer-based monitoring program was established.

Today, Washington Sea Grant works at the nexus of citizen science, research and management to address the European green crab invasion around the Salish Sea, in collaboration with UW partners and others across the state. It also serves as a model for invasive species monitoring programs around the country. Ongoing, early detection and monitoring are vital to protect the environment, shellfish economy and tribal resources in Washington State.

Presented by: MaryAnn Wagner, Jeff Adams, Emily Grason, and P. Sean MacDonald, from the Washington Sea Grant Crab Team.

Part 2: Building Resilience to Sea Level Rise Through Science Innovation and Community Engagement

May 11 | 12:30 – 1:30 PM

People living in Washington’s coastal areas face a host of natural hazards that are being exacerbated by sea level rise, ranging from nuisance flooding during King Tide events, eroding coastlines and wave damage. Incorporating sea level rise projections into the decision-making process will help Washington communities build resilience to coastal hazards. The Washington Coastal Resilience Project employed technical innovations and community engagement to rapidly increase the state’s capacity to support proactive local action on these hazards.

Presented by: Nicole Faghin, coastal management specialist, Washington Sea Grant; Harriet Morgan, researcher, Climate Impacts Group; Ian Miller, coastal hazards specialist, Washington Sea Grant

PART 1: How Collaborative Research Reduced ‘Seabird Bycatch’

March 9 | 12:30 – 1:30 PM

Each year, hundreds of thousands of seabirds, including many endangered albatrosses and petrels, are trapped and drowned in commercial fishing gear worldwide. This is known as seabird bycatch. A collaborative research effort led by Washington Sea Grant marine fisheries scientist Ed Melvin resulted in Alaskan longline fisheries adopting streamer lines, a technology to create a visual barrier that keeps seabirds away from baited hooks.

A new study published shows that since the widespread adoption in 2002, seabird bycatch in Alaska has been reduced by 77 to 90 percent. This is an overwhelming success story for birds, for conservation efforts in general, and for the fishing industry.

In this presentation, Ed Melvin and partners Julia Parrish and John McHenry will discuss what made this collaboration successful and lessons learned along the way.