National symposium will address access to, uses of working waterfronts

Sea Grant signs describe Newport's working waterfrontTACOMA, WA – Sea Grant programs in Oregon and Washington are bringing a national gathering of coastal and Great Lakes waterfront interests to the Pacific Northwest in March.

The third National Working Waterfronts and Waterways Symposium, March 25-28 in Tacoma, Wash., will address challenges facing the nation’s waterfronts and provide a forum for stakeholders to meet, address their common problems and share solutions.

Sponsored by Washington and Oregon Sea Grant programs, this year’s symposium includes sessions on:

  • Economic and social impacts of and on working waterfronts;
  • Successful local, regional, state and federal strategies to address working waterfront issues;
  • The future of working waterfronts, including potential impacts of changing uses and climates;
  • Keeping waterfront industries commercially viable.

Attendees from all over the United States are expected to include local, regional, tribal and national decision-makers; members of the commercial fishing, marine, and tourism industries; developers and property owners; businesspeople; community planners and waterfront advocates. The first day will be devoted to field trips around the Tacoma waterfront and the region.

Oregon State University’s Jamie Doyle, a Sea Grant Extension marine community development specialist based in Coos County, serves on the symposium steering committee. Other Oregon Sea Grant faculty scheduled to present at the symposium include Kaety Hildenbrand, Newport-based Extension marine fisheries educator, and Mark Farley and Becca Harver from the Sea Grant-run visitor center at OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport.

Learn more:

For information and registration, visit the symposium website at or contact Washington Sea Grant Coastal Management Specialist Nicole Faghin, conference coordinator, at or 206-685-8286.


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