Lucas Hart, NWSC staff, describing the Jefferson MRC raingarden project on the Leadership Council field trip. Photo: Caroline Gibson

Leadership Council briefing and field trip

The Northwest Straits Commission shared project examples from seven Marine Resources Committees and stressed the importance of stewardship in the recovery of Puget Sound to the Puget Sound Partnership's Leadership Council at their meeting in Port Townsend April 28. An evening field trip highlighted Jefferson MRC raingardens and eelgrass protection zones.

The Northwest Straits Commission has released our 2015 Annual Report! Click here to read the full document.

The Northwest Straits Commission is a regional coordinating body comprised of people who care about the marine areas where they live, and who work together to protect and restore marine resources.

The Northwest Straits Commission carries out regional conservation projects and supports the work of seven Marine Resources Committees through funding, technical support, training and regional coordination.

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May NWSC Meeting

May 27

WebEx Conference Call

  • Member Spotlight: Alan Clark

  • Chuckanut clam collaboration connects community

    Whatcom MRC

    This month Whatcom MRC and their project partners hit the beach to dig for clams in North Chuckanut Bay to learn about the health of local shellfish. Many thanks to all the volunteers, teachers and parents who participated!

    To learn more about the work of the Whatcom MRC on shellfish and clams, click here.

  • Dinner in the mud?

    Jefferson MRC

    Jefferson MRC recently co-hosted their annual Diggin’ for Dinner event at Oak Bay County Park. Enthusiastic attendees for this "no experience required" event gathered on the beach on a sunny Saturday to dig for shellfish and listen to Camille "Clamzilla" Speck and Doug Rogers, shellfish biologists with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, share their expertise.

  • Congratulations to Jamey and Nan!

    Northwest Straits Commission

    At the April Commission meeting, Nan McKay and Jamey Selleck were elected to serve as Commission Chair and Vice-Chair respectively.

Member Spotlight: Alan Clark

Clallam MRC

A person might wonder how a kid from the land-locked state of Oklahoma finds his way to a career in marine biology, but Ed Bowlby was inspired early on by the work of Jacques Cousteau. One thing led to another, and he made his way to California and then traveled further north along the Pacific to work in Seattle and Alaska.

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Upcoming Events

  • May


    May NWSC Meeting

    May 27
    10:00 AM-12:00 PM

    WebEx Conference Call

  • Jun


    Public Speaker Series: Marine Plastics in the Salish Sea

    June 02

    This is a FREE event.

    Speaker: Leah Bendell

    More information to follow.

    Bellingham, WA

  • Jun


    Jefferson Beach Walks

    June 04-June 05

    The MRC, Northwest Straits Foundation and WA State Parks are restoring shoreline habitat and improving public access to the beach at Fort Townsend State Park this summer.

    The MRC will host two FREE Beach Walk events. 

    Fort Townsend State Park, Jefferson County