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Salish Sea Expeditions 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

When: Friday, March 6, 2020
Where: Sodo Park by Herban Feast, 3200 1st Ave S Seattle, WA 98134

Join us for an evening of local food and wine, a delicious dessert dash, an inspirational program, and our world famous “Crabtucky Derby,” all to raise funds for marine science education!

Check out photos from last year’s event here.

Now is the time to support putting students at the helm, opening their minds and their hearts to the wonders of science and the sea — from the bottom of the food chain through a microscope, to the top of the food chain, breaching tens of feet off the stern. Salish Sea Expeditions offers students a compelling combination of adventure, self-learning, and discovery of new skills, confidence, friends and new possibilities.

Thank you for your support for getting students excited about science and strengthening their connection to the sea as a living part of their home. We look forward to seeing you at this fun event!

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.

You can sponsor the 2020 Seafood Bash!

On behalf of the students and teachers we search, we invite you to help chart the course of the Salish Sea Expeditions by becoming a sponsor for our signature event: the Seafood Bash.

Click here for more information about becoming a sponsor. For questions, and to become a sponsor, please contact Lisa French at 360.385.3628 x 127 or


Mar 06 2020


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