Coastal Café

Handling Derelict and Abandoned Vessels

(Airdate: January 19, 2022) This week, host Aaron Barnett talks with Washington State’s Derelict Vessel Removal program manager Troy Wood with an update on achievements and future plans for the program, including a fiberglass vessel pilot recycling program right here at home in Jefferson County.

50 Years of Washington Sea Grant

(Airdate: January 5, 2022) Since 1971, Washington Sea Grant, a little-known marine research gem based at the University of Washington, has been supporting our state’s marine environment and maritime economies, having spearheaded or supported cutting-edge marine research, outreach and education for over 50 years. Host MaryAnn Wagner talks with Washington Sea Grant’s director Russell Callender about the next 50 years of projects for Washington’s shorelines and waters.

Holiday Tips for Ocean Health

(Airdate: December 22, 2021) ‘Tis the holiday season, a time when buying and wrapping gifts are a big part of our holiday traditions. Your Coastal Café host MaryAnn Wagner brings listeners something a little different with ideas on how we can be more ocean friendly during the holiday season.  Sarah Kollar with the international non-profit organization Ocean Conservancy provides tips and ideas for upcycling materials to create ocean-friendly holiday décor and wrapped gift and tells us why it matters for ocean health.

NCEI Passive Acoustics

(Airdate: December 8, 2021) Dr. Carrie Wall-Bell joins Coastal Cafe host Aaron Barnett for a “trip” beneath the waves as she shares passive acoustic data from the National Center for Environmental Information archives. We will listen to a wide range of sea creatures from whales to the very noisy Popping Shrimp and other creatures from around the world.

Port Townsend Marine Science Center

(Airdate: November 24, 2021) Coastal Cafe host Aaron Barnett speaks with Port Townsend Marine Science Center director Janine Boire. Janine talks about big changes at PTMSC such as plans for the newly acquired Flagship Building in downtown Port Townsend, removal of the existing dock at Fort Worden, and future plans for upland learning centers at Fort Worden. 

NCEI Microplastics Database

(Airdate: November 10, 2021 ) This episode of Coastal Café kicks off a series of interviews with scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI). Host Aaron Barnett chats with Dr. Ebenezer Nyadjro, Associate Research Professor at Mississippi State University and Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. Dr. Nyadjro manages the national data-base on marine microplastics and talks about its impacts to the marine environment, the archives, and how the public can access and view microplastic data not only nationally but globally.

Hood Canal Oyster Initiative

(Airdate: October 27, 2021) Coastal Café host Aaron Barnett spends the morning with a group of middle school students working to help the native Olympia oyster. The Hood Canal Shellfish Initiative Implementation Project is focused on advancing a custom-fit strategy for restoration of Olympia oysters in Hood Canal. With data collected by these middle schoolers, the initiative hopes to create detailed “restoration prescriptions” for potential growing sites.

Southern Resident Killer Whales of Puget Sound

(Airdate: October 13, 2021) In recognition of Orca Recovery Day on October 16, Coastal Cafe focuses on the Southern Resident Killer Whales of Puget Sound and related recovery efforts.  We speak with Tara Galuska, the Orca Recovery Coordinator in the Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office, and Julie Watson, the Killer Whale Policy Lead at Washington’s Department of Fish and Wildlife. Tara and Julie share the recovery efforts background, current status of the pods and actions taken towards recovery.

WA Seafood Series #1 ~ Fishing on the Columbia River

(Airdate: September 29, 2021) The first in a series of fishermen profiles, this Coastal Cafe interview with longtime fisherman Robert Sudar takes us to the Columbia River. Sudar shares with host MaryAnn Wagner his seasoned perspective on fishing today and the joys and challenges that come with it. He also shares his personal journey and the path that led him to a life of fishing and working with fishermen along the Columbia River, marketing a variety of salmon and sturgeon from the Columbia River gillnet fishery to consumers in Washington State.

Shoreline Monitoring Tools

(Airdate: September 1, 2021) Washington State boasts 3,000 miles of coastline that protects communities from ocean storms and provides important resources for local economies.  Shoreline monitoring is a critical tool for assessing the health of our shorelines and for evaluating the success of restoration projects along the shore. And anyone can do it! Host MaryAnn Wagner talks with Jason Toft, a principal research scientist at the University of Washington School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, who developed a Shoreline Monitoring Toolbox anyone can use and whose work focuses on Puget Sound shorelines.

The Art of Water

(Airdate: August 18, 2021) This week’s guest on Coastal Cafe is Barbara Krystal, a PhD candidate at the University of Washington, completing her interdisciplinary dissertation in marine biology and literature. Her work was recently awarded a grant to develop a public scholarship project that extends the guiding principles of community science into the realm of humanities. That public scholarship centers around the question: How do we know water – fresh, brackish, or salt – and how we express our relationships with water through an artistic lens.

Restoring our Shorelines

(Airdate: August 4, 2021) More than 25% of Puget Sound waterfront has “hard armor” – whether it’s a concrete bulkhead, rock seawall, or wooden pilings – which create bigger erosion problems for shorelines and negatively impact a host of species from salmon and seabirds to orca whales. MaryAnn Wagner talks with Jay Krienitz and Jenna Jewett of Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife’s Estuary and Salmon Restoration Program about an innovative program they manage called Shore Friendly. At Shore Friendly, they educate shoreline landowners on ways to remove hard armor, reduce erosion on their land and ultimately, restore natural shoreline habitats around the Sound.

Indian Island

(Airdate: July 21, 2021) This week’s Coastal Cafe is a conversation with the Commander Donald Emerson, Commanding Officer of Indian Island Naval Magazine and Bill Kalina, the island’s environmental manager. We talk about the operational and natural history of the island and magazine and some of the past and present environmental cleanup and restoration projects including the cleanup of a superfund site and the recent Kilisut Harbor project.

Sablefish Aquaculture

(First airdate: July 7, 2021) Sablefish, also known as black cod or butterfish, are native to the Northwest. With declining wild stock and steady demand, a sablefish aquaculture effort has the potential for providing economic, environmental and societal benefits. But much research is needed to find out whether it would be a sustainable effort. Learn more about a pilot project studying this topic.  

Oil Spill Task Force

(First airdate: June 23, 2021) This week’s Coastal Cafe is a conversation with Sarah Brace, Executive Coordinator of the Pacific States-British Columbia Oil Spill Task Force. The Task Force is a consortium of state, provincial and federal partners tasked with providing leadership for oil spill response activities in Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, California and Hawaii. Sarah describes how the various state, tribal and federal agencies work together to provide quick and effective response to small and major oil spills.

Kilisut Harbor Project

(First airdate: June 9, 2021) This week’s Coastal Cafe is a tribal perspective on the Kilisut Harbor restoration project which was the replacement of a restrictive causeway with a bridge between Indian and Marrowstone islands – an area of historic importance to both Jamestown and Port Gamble S’Klallam tribes. Speaking with tribal members Hans Daubenberger and Randy Johnson as well as Rebecca Benjamin of the North Olympic Salmon Coalition, we learn about the project’s impacts from both tribal and personal perspectives from key people involved with the project.

Lake Chelan Research Institute

(First airdate: May 26, 2021) Lake Chelan has some of the cleanest and clearest water of any lake in North America – providing the Columbia River with a constant source of cold and clear water that is essential for spawning salmon. This week’s Coastal Cafe is a conversation with Dr. Phil Long, director of the L:ake Chelan Research Institute. Dr. Long shares data and recent findings on Lake Chelan’s hydrology and water quality. 

Puget Sound Restoration Fund

(First airdate: May 12, 2021) Since 1997, Puget Sound Restoration Fund has been working collaboratively with many partners to restore marine habitat, water quality, and native species in Puget Sound. They do this by getting wet: literally diving in, scuba gear and all, to help restore key species and habitats from Olympia oysters to kelp forests. MaryAnn Wagner gets the inside story on this amazing organization with Deputy Director Jodie Toft.

Puget Sound Pilots, part 2

(First airdate: April 28, 2021) The Puget Sound Pilots carefully steer the largest ships in the world through the Salish Sea waters and safely into Port. Host MaryAnn Wagner interviews Captain Sandy Bendixen, the first woman Pilot in the history of the organization. Find out about the skills needed to do this challenging and important maritime work.

Western Flyer

(First airdate: April 14, 2021) This edition of Coastal Cafe is a discussion with the Executive Director of the Western Flyer Foundation, Chris Chase, about the history, restoration, and future of the historic fishing vessel Western Flyer. As the backdrop for John Steinbeck’s Log of the Sea of Cortez, Chris discusses the important role this vessel has, and will have in strengthening the connection between art and science.

Puget Sound Pilots, part 1

(First airdate: March 31, 2021) For over 150 years, the Puget Sound Pilots have been guiding the largest ships in the world through our waters and safely to the dock.  Their expertise has produced an unparalleled safety record of more than 200,000 sailings over the last 25 years without a major incident. Join us as host MaryAnn Wagner interviews Captain Eric von Brandenfels to find out how the Puget Sound Pilots do their important work and what it takes to be a Pilot. 

Port of PT Update

(First airdate: March 17, 2021) Today Coastal Cafe talked with Eron Berg, the Executive Director of the Port of Port Townsend. Eron gives updates on some of the Port’s ongoing and emerging priorities such as the breakwaters at Point Hudson and the Boat Haven as well as infrastructure improvements at the boatyard and Quilcene.

WA Boating Law Updates for 2021

(First airdate: March 3, 2021) This episode of Coastal Cafe is an update on the latest policy changes impacting recreational boating in Washington. Washington’s boating law administrator, Rob Sendak and host Aaron Barnett discuss personal floatation devices, human powered vessels, legislative activity, pumpouts, and the No Discharge Zone.

NAS Whidbey Cleanup Challenges

(First airdate: February 17, 2021) This week’s Coastal Cafe is a fascinating discussion with the Commanding Officer of Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island, Captain Matt Arny. Captain Arny and host Aaron Barnett talk about NAS Whidbey Island’s history and it’s legacy of contamination from training ordnance, petroleum products, and fire fighting materials. Listen and learn how the US Navy and Department of Defense have been cleaning things up at their installations.

DEI in the Salish Sea

(First airdate: February 3, 2021) Join Coastal Café host MaryAnn Wagner as she interviews two marine science and policy professionals who have dedicated much of their careers to creating a more Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive (DEI) working environment for marine and environmental professionals – and for the communities they serve.
Find out what Melissa Watkinson-Schutten, Equity, Access and Community Engagement Lead with WSG, and Michael Chang, an associate and racial equity lead with Cascadia Consulting Group, are doing to make our communities along the Salish Sea more welcoming for all.

Maritime Center Deals with COVID-19 Challenges

(First airdate: January 6, 2021) Today we talk with Jake Beattie, the Executive Director of the Northwest Maritime Center in Port Townsend. Jake details how the Maritime Center has had to adapt to challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Listen in to hear about the new 360 Race and other exciting events and programs.