Seafood Bash 2020

Friends and supporters of Salish Sea Expeditions and the Northwest Maritime Center,

I’m writing to you today to inform you that in the interest of public health and the health of the Salish/NWMC community, we are canceling Friday’s Seafood Bash.

Hopefully we’ll look back on this decision as foolish, that in hindsight the virus proved less serious and less contagious than the modelling suggests at this moment, but given the current acceleration of coronavirus cases in Washington and the level of concern and uncertainty that surrounds it, we determined that the only responsible course of action was to cancel.

The layered answer to your question of “What does this mean?” starts with this:

  • We’re looking at options for how to reschedule for the fall.
  • We’ll be following up with how you can support Salish’s compelling programs without personal exposure to the virus.
  • We’re “rewilding” 200 pounds of salmon fillets back to their natural retail habitat.

In all seriousness, while we couldn’t in good conscience gather our nearest and dearest during our region’s peak contagion moment, we’re weeks away from a full season of hands-on science education that’s lined up for students this spring; instructors are training as we speak, and the first students arrive on March 21st. These programs are powerful experiences for the students but require funding to make happen. We hope you consider the following:

  • Between the Crabtucky Derby, silent and live auctions, dessert dash, and everything else, the average attendee gives between $500-$1,000. To make a gift in support of Salish, please go to Scroll down a little to get to the gift form.
  • If you would like to donate your ticket price, it’s easy: do nothing. If  we don’t hear from you in two weeks we’ll send you a donation letter for your taxes. 
  • If you would like a refund, or to roll over your ticket into the future event, please email

Thanks for your understanding for our cancellation, and thank you for your continued support of Salish Sea Expeditions. 

Jake Beattie
Executive Director


Since 1997, Salish Sea Expeditions has been leading expeditions that inspire students to take ownership of their own learning through science and maritime exploration. Each year, Salish Sea Expeditions works with up to 25 schools to connect over 700 students in grades 5-12 to the marine environment. While we serve a broad spectrum of youth, Salish Sea Expeditions is dedicated to serving low-income students and schools that are less likely to have qualified STEM teachers, direct access to Puget Sound, or field-based science learning experiences.Follow along with the educational journey on our blog, View From the Helm, sign up to receive our eNews, and join our community on Facebook and Instagram.

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  • Horizontal snow! We’re battening down the hatches and preparing for our upcoming spring season. Tents are being inventoried and repaired (thanks Blake Island), foulies are being counted and checked, and scientific equipment’s being tested. Last but not least we’re hiring our amazingly talented crew of educators! 
We can’t wait to welcome all of our student scientists & sailors of 2020! Here’s to fair winds, following seas and sunny days on the Salish Sea ahead! .

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  • Are you looking for your next opportunity for growth & adventure?  Are you a detail oriented, find joy cooking for large groups, a team player, excited to work in a dynamic & fast-paced environment with youth? We are seeking a Logistics & Galley Coordinator to join our team this spring! For more information check our website- Apply before the New Year!
  • Heartfelt thanks to Sound Earth Strategies, Inc. for their sponsorship of our Salish Sea Expeditions boat-based science programs this year! Check them out at
  • Rain or shine - or hail - we live to inspire students in marine and maritime science! Support aspiring scientists and mariners onboard the Carlyn for #GivingTuesday!

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