Fall 2022  •  Lumen Field Event Center  •  Seattle, WA


Deborah Granger

Deb has been involved with the seafood/fishing industry for over 40 years.  She worked for over 25 years as a high school educator and as a Career Counselor where she connected thousands of students with opportunities for after high school education/training/work and was awarded the Career Counselor of the Year by the Washington School Counselor Association.  She has also worked in PR/Marketing, Fundraising, and Event Management throughout the U.S. focused mainly in the seafood industry. Clients included Food Marketing Institute, Bornstein Seafoods, and Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers.
After leaving the public school system, she worked at the University of Washington managing a 12-state aquaculture research consortium (Western Regional Aquaculture Center) funded by USDA (NIFA).
In 2014, she helped launch the Working Waterfront Coalition of Whatcom County, served on its Board, and is now its part-time program manager. Additionally, she led the local and regional fundraising effort to raise funds to get a new building for the Bellingham Technical College Fisheries & Aquaculture Sciences Program.  She applied for, received, and then led the community effort to launch the new signature festival – Bellingham SeaFeast, a celebration of Bellingham’s maritime & commercial fishing sector – that takes place on the banks of Bellingham Bay each September. Deb was also instrumental in conceptualizing and launching the new Bellingham Dockside Market Fall 2020 for fishermen to sell their harvest directly to local consumers. 
In her role as the Program Manager for the Working Waterfront Coalition, she helped coordinate the recent effort to develop a Registered Apprenticeship Program for Skagit & Whatcom Counties. This “Northwest Maritime Apprenticeship” effort, recently approved by the State of Washington, provides a comprehensive competency-based work progression for “Marine Service Technicians. This apprenticeship will launch Fall 2021.
She continues to commercial fish for salmon (reefnet fishing) with her husband in the Salish Sea near Lummi Island, Washington.


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