Public Comments Sought for Washington Sea Grant Review

Washington Sea Grant is preparing for a program review by a team convened by the National Sea Grant Program.

The review will be conducted November 5 – 7, 2019 at the University of Washington and will consider all aspects of Washington Sea Grant’s programs, including management and organization, performance, stakeholder engagement and collaborative activities, including those with various offices of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Sea Grant programs are reviewed every four years.

This notice invites you to participate in our review. Please submit written comments by Monday, October 21, 2019, to the National Sea Grant Office.

For more information about the review, contact Washington Sea Grant Director W. Russell Callender.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Washington Coast Shellfish Aquaculture Study

Project Kickoff Workshop

Pre-registration is required at

The Washington Coast Shellfish Aquaculture Study is a three-year applied research project to assist planning and collaboration amongst tideland managers, owners, and regulators in Southwest Washington. Learn from local, regional, and global experts as they discuss intertidal ecosystems and shellfish aquaculture in Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor.

This 2-day workshop is free to the public.

Monday, October 28 and Tuesday, October 29 2019
9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Willapa Harbor Community Center
916 W First St.
South Bend, WA

North Pacific Coast MRC Request for Proposals

North Pacific Coast Marine Resources Committee

2019-2021 Funding Round

Proposal Deadline is November 11, 2019
Email to
October 15 or November 19 – Optional Project Presentations: 4pm at the ONRC in Forks, WA
(Strongly encouraged – in person or by phone)

The NPC MRC promotes community involvement in Pacific Coast issues in western Clallam and Jefferson Counties. MRC members and participants learn about resource conditions and coastal community needs, participate in local and regional projects, and sponsor activities and studies having to do with the unique management issues of Washington’s outer coast. More information: and

Funding Opportunity

The Jefferson and Clallam Boards of County Commissioners, through the North Pacific Coast Marine Resources Committee (NPC MRC), invite project proposals designed to promote marine stewardship, restoration and citizen engagement focused on the resources and communities of the North Olympic Peninsula’s Pacific Coast. The NPC MRC welcomes projects from the local community and from first-time project applicants and will review, offer suggestions for revisions, and recommend projects for funding.

Proposals will be scored and ranked by the NPC MRC on Tuesday, January 21, 2020. Awarded projects must be completed, a project summary report submitted, and all billing materials received by June 15th of 2021. Please note, funds may not be available for reimbursement of projects until March of 2020.

While we welcome repeat proposals to continue worthy programs, the NPC MRC also encourages proposals from new and first-time grant applicants. Projects must fall within one of six broad categories as defined by the Coastal MRC Program Work Group:

Marine Habitats
Marine Life
Marine and Fresh Water Quality
Sound Science
Education and Outreach, or
Coastal Communities

See Appendix A for more information on performance benchmarks associated with these categories. (These are statewide benchmarks that our MRC has adopted.) Projects may be specific to an area of the north coast of the Olympic Peninsula or involve collaboration(s) with one or more of the other coastal MRCs for Grays Harbor, Pacific and/or Wahkiakum Counties.

I. Award Information

Under this announcement up to $65,000 is potentially available to be awarded. This could be for one project but is more likely to be distributed across several to many projects. The amount requested in a project proposal may serve as matching funds for projects also funded from another source(s). The NPC MRC reserves the right to recommend partial funding for portions, or phases, of any proposed project.

II. Eligibility and matching

Anyone may apply for funding; however a completed W-9 is required. For projects $2,500 and over, the applicant must also meet the contracting requirements of the administering agency, Jefferson County, such as holding a UBI or EIN number and insurance coverage. If desired, the MRC can suggest suitable project partners to enable these requirements. Projects that include strong partnerships and in-kind contributions are encouraged, but there is no requirement to provide matching funds or contributions. Project areas are restricted to Washington Pacific Coast resources and/or communities, or lower watersheds draining to the Pacific Ocean, in western Clallam and Jefferson Counties unless partnering with another Washington Coast MRC.

III. Application Requirements

1) Complete your application using the template on the next page. Copy the template onto paper or cut and paste into a word processing program. A Word version of the application is available by request. Please let us know if you need assistance!

2) Reference your project objective(s) with one or more of the program benchmarks identified in Appendix A.

3) Carefully consider the Review Criteria in Appendix B when completing the project template.

4) Please limit applications to five pages excluding attachments (budget, resumes, maps or illustrations, support letters, etc.)

5) Minimum font size is 11. Use at least 1” margins on top, bottom and sides.

IV. Suggested Project Types

Examples of project types funded by the NPC MRC in the past include:

1) Interpretive products and projects about the marine environment or its use by people or the resources coastal people value.

2) Beach clean‐ups: local clean‐ups or participation in coast‐wide clean‐ups.

3) Science projects: research or monitoring projects by professionals or citizen science groups.

4) Coast‐wide projects: a project that engages more than one of the Marine Resources Committees (MRCs) on the coast in a joint effort.

5) Ocean literacy: Marine oriented K‐12 education, citizen science programs, community speakers bureau, or marine science education opportunities for local educators.

For more information or assistance with proposal preparation contact the NPC MRC Coordinator:

Tami Pokorny, Ph: 360/379-4498 

V. Project Template

1. Name of the project:

2. Lead organization and Contact: Name, email, phone, and address.

3. Starting and ending dates for your project:

4. Deliverables: List and identify their final date of submission (report and/or products).

5. Project staff: List and describe their expertise for their role in the project. Resumes may be attached.

6. Partners: List and describe partners: include whether they are providing matching contribution(s) of cash, in-kind materials, supplies, equipment, labor, etc. Support letters may be attached.

7. Geographic Area: Describe the geographic area for your project.

8. Permits: List any associated permits and their status as well as landowner access letter as applicable. (Examples: JARPA, HPA, Marine Mammal, National Park, NEPA review, SEPA review).

9. Project Narrative (up to 5 pages not including attachments):

a) Abstract: Provide a 1-2 paragraph project summary in the form of a short description that highlights the narrative that follows.

b) Describe the background and context: project area, situation to be addressed, past work relevant to the project.

c) Explain why the project is appropriate for MRC funding or how it achieves one or more of the six benchmarks (See Appendix A attached).

d) List and describe the project objective(s).

e) Provide a timeline for your project activities in relation to your stated objectives and the deliverables identified in #4 above.

f) Describe the methods, procedures and equipment to be used, if any.

g) Describe the extent or impact of the project (e.g., acres, miles, number of citizens).

h) Indicate if there are plans to continue the project into the future.

10. Project Budget (Please use the budget template provided in Appendix C).* Include the following categories:

a) Salaries and benefits (or hourly wages)

b) Supplies/Equipment (equipment may involve special requirements)

c) Travel

d) Contracted services

e) Indirect expenses (All such expenses should be itemized.)

f) Match(es)

g) Other

*Coaching on budget organization and content is available.



The NPC MRC has adopted the benchmarks developed by the Coastal MRC Program Work Group ( Performance benchmarks will be used to measure MRC activities and achievement in discrete, but broad categories. Benchmarks developed and adopted by the Coastal MRC Program Work Group include:

Marine Habitats

Understand, steward, and restore marine, estuarine, coastal, and nearshore habitats, prevent loss, and achieve a net gain of healthy habitat areas by:

  • enhancing ecosystem and community resilience by protecting and restoring marine and coastal habitats

  • designing and implementing local and regional projects that restore natural processes

  • surveying and mapping marine and estuarine resources to better define physical and biological characteristics of marine habitats

  • making scientifically-based recommendations about management tools to protect marine and estuarine habitats

  • understanding and evaluating erosion and promoting sound sediment management practices

Marine Life

Understand, steward, and restore marine and estuarine populations to healthy, sustainable levels by:

  • maintaining the health of marine and estuarine species and preventing further ESA listings while increasing access to marine resource enjoyment and harvest where feasible

  • balancing protection focus on ecosystem versus target species

  • identifying and carrying out actions to protect and restore species of interest and concern

  • designing and implementing projects to prevent the introduction and spread of invasive species

  • making scientifically-based recommendations about management tools for species recovery

Marine and Fresh Water Quality

Understand, steward, and restore marine and estuarine water quality of Washington’s coast and coastal embayments by:

  • conducting or supporting science to fill critical data gaps

  • working to reduce the input of pollutants

  • promoting management actions that would restore degraded water quality and contaminated sediment

  • working with and training students and citizens to conduct water quality monitoring

Sound Science

Collect high quality data and promote its transparent presentation, acceptance, and timely dissemination by:

  • utilizing established scientific protocols for the collection, analysis and use of data that support the Coastal MRC Program goal.

  • identifying gaps in data and working to fill those gaps by promoting the development of comprehensive, accessible marine resource databases

  • promoting peer reviewed science

Education and Outreach

Promote stewardship and understanding of coastal estuarine and marine resources through science-based education and outreach by:

  • informing the public about threats to living resources and coastal communities and presenting them with practical measures they can take to prevent further harm especially regarding land use, erosion control, and individual homeowner decisions

  • informing citizens and governmental agencies about ocean energy activities and associated effects on coastal communities

  • coordinating outreach and education programs with other organizations, including local community colleges, and evaluating their effectiveness

  • engaging the public in active stewardship opportunities through community workshops, restoration projects, and educational programming

  • translating and disseminating scientific information about the status of Washington’s coastal habitats, resources, and communities to regional policy makers, resource managers, and the public in a timely manner

  • expanding partnerships with tribal governments and continuing to foster respect for tribal cultures and treaties

  • striving to maintain and improve coordination and communication among stakeholders and all managers

Coastal Communities

Promote sustainable and resilient coastal communities by:

  • supporting sustainable marine resource-based industries

  • supporting cultural and economic integrity of coastal communities

  • encouraging citizen participation in local and governmental decisions regarding marine resources

  • engaging in activities aimed at hazard prevention and preparedness, e.g. education

  • increasing sustainable access to marine resource enjoyment and harvest

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Application Review Criteria

Projects will be evaluated based upon the criteria specified below as they apply to themes incorporated into the project. These criteria will be used by the reviewers to screen all projects in order to ensure that they reflect the minimum standards required by the NPC MRC:

A. Rationale/Relevance for Action: What is the potential for the project to result in stewardship and restoration efforts/outcomes within the NPC MRC area?

B. Scientific/Professional Merit: Are the project’s design, objectives and technical approach sound?

C. Value Added: Does the project build upon prior efforts and add value to those efforts? If the project is duplicating past efforts, why is that duplication necessary and important?

D. Applicant Capacity: What is the likelihood of the applicant successfully completing the proposed project and achieving their stated goals based upon:

1) Their past performance?

2) Their organizational experience?

3) Their knowledge, resources, and available skill sets?

E. Partnerships: Has the applicant indicated that there are partners that would participate in the project? If so, what expertise, cash, in-kind, and/or material resources are the identified partners providing? Also, how is that partnership being demonstrated in the application (e.g., letters of support, letters of commitment, etc.)?

F. Geographic Scope: Is the project directly linked with resources and/or communities of the Pacific Coast of Clallam and/or Jefferson Counties? Does the project include collaboration with other MRCs and, if so, how and with whom?

G. Deliverables: Does the proposal explain how the results of the project will be recorded and distributed? What is the form of the deliverables (e.g., reports, newsletters, etc.)?

H. Measuring Progress: Is the timeline for completing the project reasonable and appropriate? Did the proposal include milestones and associated deliverables?

I. Appropriate Budget: How reasonable is the budget in light of the proposal and the expected benefits from the project? How were costs determined?

J. Consultation and Community Support: Have the project proponents consulted the affected governments (federal, state, tribal, local) or private land owners associated with their proposal? Is there support or opposition from these governments or from any potentially affected community members? Please contact the MRC coordinator if you are uncertain as to who should be consulted prior to project submission.


Estimated Budget Template and Instructions

Category Detail MRC Request Matching Contribution

(not required) Total

Salaries and Benefits or hourly wages



Contracted services

Indirect expenses (All such expenses should be itemized.)



1. Personnel salaries and benefits (or hourly wages): Include the names of each individual to be supported by the project, anticipated numbers of hours, and hourly rate including benefits as applicable.

2. Supplies: Supplies are defined as those items purchased which are typically used up in the course of the project such as paper, staples, printer ink, etc.

3. Equipment: Equipment is defined as tangible property necessary to the project such as scientific equipment, electronic devices and sampling gear. All anticipated equipment purchases and costs must be included in the budget. Approved items may become the property of WDFW at the conclusion of the project depending on value and type.

4. Travel: All travel expenses will be reimbursed at standard WA State rates - Please list destinations, number of trips and other details.

5. Contracted services: List any subcontractors and provide details of expenditures.

6. Itemized indirect expenses: No generalized “Indirect” “Overhead”, “Administration” or similar categories of costs are allowable. Specific costs must be listed under this category or divided out among the other categories.

7. Other: Items such as entrance fees that don’t fit well into the other budget categories.

2021 Knauss Federal Funding Opportunity


The National Sea Grant College Program was enacted by U.S. Congress in 1966 (amended in 2008, Public Law 110-394) to support federal and state partnerships that harness the intellectual capacity of the nation’s universities and research institutions to solve problems and generate opportunities in coastal communities.

This notice announces that applications may be submitted for the 2021 National Sea Grant College Program Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship (Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship Program). The National Sea Grant College Program (Sea Grant) anticipates funding not less than 35 applicants, of which those assigned to the Legislative branch will be approximately 14. Application packages will each propose a total of $74,000 in funding. This includes base funding for each award at $59,000 with optional host office travel up to an additional $15,000. If additional office-related travel funds beyond $15,000 are required, those funds will be administered through an amendment to the grant.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to reach out to the Sea Grant Program in their state/territory at least one to two months prior to the state application deadline to receive application support and provide notification of intent to apply. The applicant should allow sufficient time to schedule an interview with the eligible Sea Grant program at the program’s request.

This document describes requirements for submitting to NOAA-OAR-SG-2021-2006204. Additional guidance and tips on how best to prepare an application are provided in the Sea Grant General Application Guide available at:


The following entities are eligible to submit to this opportunity: Any student, regardless of citizenship, who, on February 21, 2020, is enrolled towards a degree in a graduate program, and has an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources is eligible to submit an application to the Sea Grant program in the state in which they are earning their degree. If there is no Sea Grant program, a Sea Grant program will be assigned (see Section IV.D.). The graduate degree must be awarded through an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or U.S. Territories. The National Sea Grant College Program champions diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) by recruiting, retaining and preparing a diverse workforce, and proactively engaging and serving the diverse populations of coastal communities. Sea Grant is committed to building inclusive research, extension, communication and education programs that serve people with unique backgrounds, circumstances, needs, perspectives and ways of thinking. We encourage applicants of all ages, races, ethnicities, national origins, gender identities, sexual orientations, disabilities, cultures, religions, citizenship types, marital statuses, education levels, job classifications, veteran status types, and income, and socioeconomic status types to apply for this opportunity.

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Fellowship overview handout

Marine Debris Removal Grant Opportunity

The NOAA Marine Debris Program supports the development and implementation of locally-driven, marine debris prevention, assessment, and removal projects that benefit coastal habitat, waterways, and NOAA trust resources. Projects awarded through this grant competition will create long-term, quantifiable ecological benefits and habitat improvements for NOAA trust resources through on-the-ground marine debris removal activities, with highest priority for those targeting derelict fishing gear and other medium- and large-scale debris. Projects should also foster awareness of the effects of marine debris to further the conservation of living marine resource habitats, and contribute to the understanding of marine debris composition, distribution and impacts. Successful proposals through this solicitation will be funded through cooperative agreements. Funding of up to $2,500,000 is expected to be available for Marine Debris Removal grants in Fiscal Year 2020. The typical funding level for the federal share of project awards ranges from $50,000 to $150,000. Application deadline is Dec., 4, 2019.

For additional information and to apply, visit:

Natural Hazards Mitigation and Risk Reduction Survey

Natural Hazards Mitigation and Risk Reduction Survey

A partnership of agencies, non-profits, academic institutions, and policy advisory groups are working to collectively expand resources and capacity to better support community resilience initiatives. The purpose of this survey is to gather examples of natural hazard risk reduction projects from marine, estuarine, and riverine shorelines. 

Building Social Capital

Grays Harbor County has been experiencing some unfortunate trends that need to be addressed, and can, through increasing social capital. Between 2010 and 2015 (the most recent data available), the county experienced a decrease in total population.

Grays Harbor County Population Change, 2010 to 2015

Figure 1: Grays Harbor County population change between 2010 and 2015. Source: US Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 1-year estimates, Table DP05.

However, looking more closely at these numbers reveals how the population is changing. The region has been experiencing a declining population for those under the age of 65, but people over the age of 65 continue to move into the region. It's great that as people exit their working years they have identified Grays Harbor as a great place to settle into retirement, but we need to make sure that there are opportunities for people that still require good jobs to support their families.

Population Change by Age Group, 2010 to 2015

Figure 2: Population change by age group between 2010 and 2015. Source: US Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 1-year estimates, Table DP05.

Employment has held fairly steady, but there has been a structural shift as more people are employed in the services industry. In 2015, service jobs paid, on average, $17,634 (2016$) less than non-service jobs in the region.

Table 1: Non-service jobs, service jobs, and total jobs in Grays Harbor County for the years 2010 and 2015 and their difference. Source: US Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Regional Economic Accounts, Table CA25N.

2010 2015 Change
Non-Service Jobs
6,586 6,029 -557
Service Jobs
16,791 17,550 759
Total Jobs
29,846 29,864 18

Average Annual Wages (2016$)

Figure 3: Average annual wage (2016$) by industry. Source: US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, 2016.

Between 2010 and 2015 wage and salary employment (full and part-time) decreased by 68 jobs while the number of proprietors in the region has increased by 86 jobs.

Table 2: Wage and salary jobs and proprietorship in Grays Harbor County from 2010 to 2015. Source: US Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Regional Economic Accounts, Table CA30.

2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Wage & Salary Jobs
23,580 23,339 23,784 23,421 23,521 23,512
Proprietors 6,266 6,326 6,124 6,149 6,162 6,352

The decline in the working age population, decline in higher-paying non-service jobs, increase in lower paying service jobs, and increase in proprietors all indicate that the region could benefit from increased social capital. Let's take a closer look at what social capital means and how it can help.

Social capital is defined as a social network that has an underlying trust and is built on reciprocity. Increased social capital can lower crime rates (Halpern 1999, Putnam 2000), lead to better health (Wilkinson 1996), improve longevity (Putnam 2000), lead to better educational achievement (Coleman 1988), create greater income equality (Wilkinson 1996, Kawachi et al. 1997), improve child welfare and lower rates of child abuse (Cote and Healy 2001), lead to less corruption and a more effective government (Putnam 1995), and enhance economic achievement through increased trust and lower transaction costs (Fukuyama 1995). The cumulative effect of which creates a place where people want to live.

So how can we increase social capital? There are lots of ways, but let's focus on just one for a moment, a young professionals and entrepreneurs (YPE) group. A YPE group targets the very demographics that Grays Harbor is struggling to retain. These are young, working adults that are starting to have families. Additionally, trends suggest that they are more likely to work in the service industry and to be a proprietor. A YPE group creates opportunities for young people to socialize, meet people they wouldn't have otherwise, explore places they would have never gone, and build a community with strong local relationships.

As an economist with Washington Sea Grant, I am focused on building resilient coastal communities. Resilience is the ability to bounce back after a disturbance. When we think of resilience we tend to equate it with ecological resilience, but this includes social resilience as well. Increasing social capital through network building in the community results in a more resilient community. I have created a new YPE group called Harbor Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs (HYPE) in an effort to retain young professionals in the region through programs that build social networks and ties to the community. HYPE seeks to fill this need in the community and to create a more economically resilient coastal community.


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Surfrider Leadership Academy

2016 Surfrider Leadership Academy Participants

2016 Surfrider Leadership Academy Participants


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Surfrider Leadership Academy Nomination Form

Surfrider Leadership Academy Application Form

The 2017 Surfrider Leadership Academy is officially accepting nominations. Nominations must be completed by July 27th.

Effective leadership today is about who can mobilize a network to act. This requires leaders to tap into a deep sense of self-awareness, as well as understanding how to effectively network and build the larger movement. This leadership program will facilitate a cohort of coastal leaders to develop self-awareness of themselves as leaders, as well as networking and movement building skills through immersive, in-person retreats and virtual training sessions.

The program is designed to develop strong bonds among cohort members as well as provide time and space for reflection and learning through three retreats and three virtual trainings, including a final session to share outcomes. Along with developing specific skills, the program will also tap into participants’ experiences to facilitate sharing of best practices learned through working in respective industries, coastal areas, and communities.

Over the course of six months, participants will work with their cohort to develop essential skills, build deep relationships, and better understand the power of today’s collective leadership.


To be considered for selection, candidates must be nominated to or apply for the program. All candidates must be able to participate in 100% of in-person and virtual program activities. The qualifications for candidates are:

1.     Either an emerging or experienced leader with:

a.     A track record of leadership and/or community service

b.     A dedication to conservation of coastal resources

2.     Demonstrated interest in and commitment to the Washington coast

3.     Ability to participate in all in-person and virtual activities over the six months


• Experienced leaders

• Hard skills training

• Mentorship for emerging leaders

• Retreat experience, including reflection and restoration

• Emerging leaders

• Hard skills training

• Resume building via exclusive program

• Networking with community leaders



Please contact Casey Dennehy at