Coastal Cafe

Predicting Ocean “Weather” with Coastal Modeling

(First airdate: July 11, 2019) Dr. Parker MacCready is the lead developer of a University of Washington computer model that can predict conditions in Puget Sound and off the coast of Washington three days into the future. Called LiveOcean, this cool tool has a broad range of applications and the potential to be a game-changer for Washington’s shellfish industry and others. Learn more about this marine weather forecasting tool.

Wooden Boat School

(First airdate: June 13, 2019) The Northwest School of Wooden Boat Building in Port Hadlock teaches traditional wooden construction with a contemporary approach through a focus on craftsmanship. Coastal Café’s conversations with school instructors reveal how the school’s mission and curriculum are relevant and are responding to today’s maritime workforce demands. 

The Fishy Art of Ray Troll

(First airdate: May 16, 2019) Coastal Café introduces us to Ray Troll, an Alaskan artist whose work revolves around the ocean and all things marine. Troll creates fishy images that swim into museums, books and magazines, and onto T-shirts worn around the world, introducing new fans to the topics of ichthyology and paleontology, his two greatest passions.

Ghost Fishing

(First airdate: April 18, 2019) Coastal Café delves into the world of derelict fishing gear while talking with Jason Morgan of the Northwest Straits Foundation.  Jason reveals how derelict and lost fishing gear keep on fishing.  Also known as “ghost fishing,” old or lost gear causes unnecessary deaths of birds, seals, crabs and other marine life.  Jason provides helpful ideas and information on how to reduce impacts.

Washington Boating Law

(First airdate: March 21, 2019) Meet Washington’s Boating Safety Expert. Rob Sendak is at the helm of Washington State Park’s Boating Program and offers up insights about the State boating program, tips on boating safety, and the personal path that led him to his new post as Washington State’s boating law administrator.

Where the Elwha River Meets the Sea

(First airdate: February 21, 2019) Washington Sea Grant’s Coastal Hazards Specialist Dr. Ian Miller discusses impacts and lessons learned after the removal of the two Elwha dams and the subsequent creation of new shoreline at the mouth of the Elwha River. Find out what the latest changes are on the Elwha River since the dam removals – and what they mean to you.

Coastal Cafe

Coastal Café is a joint production of Washington Sea Grant at the College of the Environment, University of Washington and KPTZ 91.9 FM. Coastal Café explores the latest in marine science with researchers, policy experts and people who live and work along our coast.