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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.