Coastal Café

Abandoned and Derelict Vessels

(Airdate: September 2, 2020) Coastal Cafe host Aaron Barnett speaks with Troy Wood, Director of Washington State’s Abandoned and Derelict Vessel Program. Troy discusses the Vessel Turn-In Program or VTIP as well as new legislation that expands efforts to collect and dispose of derelict vessels in Washington waters.

Ocean Crabs and Acidification

(First airdate: August 19, 2020) This week we talk with Dr. Nina Bednarsek, Senior Scientist of the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Dr. Bednarsek will be sharing some of her recent research and findings on the impacts of Ocean Acidification on exoskeleton production in larval stage Dungeness Crab.

Wood Bearings

(First airdate: August 5, 2020) On this segment of Coastal Cafe we continue our focus on technology with a conversation on self-lubricating wooden bearings. Lignum Vitae Solutions of Powhatan, Virginia makes propeller and water turbine shafts for the maritime and hydroelectric industries and discusses this centuries-old applied technology and more.


(First airdate: July 22, 2020) Carrie Garrison-Laney is a tsunami hazards specialist with Washington Sea Grant, based out of the University of Washington where she researches past tsunami deposits found around the Puget Sound. Her work includes identifying paleo-tsunami deposits and determining their age using carbon dating. Learn facts about tsunamis in the Pacific Northwest, both past and future.

USCG LifeBoat School

(First airdate: June 18, 2020) The National Motor Lifeboat School, located at the mouth of the Columbia River in Ilwaco, Washington, is one of the U.S. Coast Guard’s premier training stations. Students come from around the country for about a month at a time to gain experience out on the area’s famously stormy seas, which have earned the nickname “graveyard of the Pacific.” Coastal Café guest host Samantha Larson and Aaron Barnett interview students and instructors from the school and provide a real-time account of a training mission, seasickness and all.

Lab on a Chip

(First airdate: May 21, 2020) Nanotechnology alerts Washington boaters and farmers  to threats from eColi and other pathogens. This month we spoke with Dr. Phil Long from the Lake Chelan Research Institute and Dr. Dan Angelscu of Fluidion Inc. about novel technological approaches to early pathogen warnings for agriculture and boating operations.

The Blob

(First airdate: April 23, 2020) We’ve all heard about The Blob. But what exactly is it and what is its impact? In 2014 and 2016, a mass of warm water formed in the Pacific Ocean, wreaking havoc on marine life. And again, this past fall a similar ‘blob’ of abnormally warm water reappeared off the California coast. Coastal Café explores this phenomenon with fishery biologist Dr. Chris Harvey, NOAA NW Fisheries Science Center. 

Oil Spills

(First airdate: March 26, 2020) Coastal Cafe host Aaron Barnett speaks with the director of Washington State’s oil spill response program about their preparedness, response and prevention plans for catastrophic and small oil spills in Washington and the West coast.

Salmon Boundaries

(First airdate February 20, 2020) Today on Coastal Café, we speak with Will Patric, executive director of Rivers Without Borders – the Port Townsend-based organization that focuses on protecting the wild trans-boundary watersheds of Southeast Alaska and Northwest British Columbia.

Seaweed Farming

(First airdate: January 23, 2020) This time on Coastal Café we speak with Dr. Meg Chadsey of Washington Sea Grant who is part of a research project in Washington State that is exploring commercial seaweed aquaculture as a mitigating element toward ocean acidification and as a potential food stock.


(First airdate: December 26, 2019) Seattle artist Preston Singletary is an internationally recognized glass artist whose work has become synonymous with the connections between European glass blowing traditions and Northwest Native art. He uses designs from his Tlingit cultural heritage to inform his work — but also finds time to lead a very special band called Khu.éex’ that focuses on rock jazz and funk fusion with strong elements of native culture and themes of water woven in. Learn more here about the band Khu.éex’.

Recycling Fiberglass Boats

(First airdate: December 5, 2019) For this month’s Coastal Cafe we talk about recycling fiberglass boats that have arrived at the end of their useful lives. Evan Ridley from Rhode Island Marine Trades Association and Heidi Eisenhour from the Northwest Maritime Center in Port Townsend discuss a novel approach to disposing derelict fiberglass boats through the cement manufacturing process.

King Tides


(First airdate: October 31, 2019) What King Tides Can Tell Us About Future Sea Levels. Coastal Café talks with Bridget Trosin, s a Marine Policy Specialist with Washington Sea Grant. She heads up the Washington State King Tides program which monitors king tides and the flooding they can cause in coastal Washington. She hosts king tide viewing events around the coast every winter when the tides come in, showing people what our shorelines may look like in the future with rising sea levels.

Safety at Sea

(First airdate: October 3, 2019) Fishing is one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States. Both commercial fishermen and recreational boaters need to know how to respond when the unexpected happens at sea. Coastal Café shows us the skills needed when on a vessel, safety training opportunities and how the U.S. Coast Guard works to prevent accidents from happening. 

Algae Fuel

(First airdate: September 5, 2019) Jet airplanes flying on fuel from algae? Scott Edmonson from The Pacific Northwest National Marina Laboratory in Sequim, Washington discusses with Coastal Café this and possible new applications for fuel stock from micro algae.

Seafood Certification

(First airdate: August 8, 2019) This month’s Coastal Café explores what is behind the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) seafood certification label as we speak with Pippa Kohn, an MSC fishery assessment manager based in in Seattle. Pippa unpacks and describes some of the protocols, guidelines and challenges behind the blue label we see on products such as wild-caught tuna, salmon and even Antarctic Toothfish.

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.