Checking out the catch from beach seining at Fidalgo Bay Day. Photo: Nicole Jordan
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2017 Fidalgo Bay Day

Skagit MRC hosted their 14th annual Fidalgo Bay Day this month, bringing together community members and visitors with volunteers and marine-focused organizations to celebrate Fidalgo Bay and the marine environment. Rosie Cayou-James of the Samish Indian Nation provided a heartfelt welcome to over 200 participants who spent the day exploring activity booths, sampling local shellfish and watching educational demonstrations from partner organizations, all with an interest in protecting our Salish Sea.

Highlights included the beach seining presentation, a touch tank courtesy of Shannon Point Marine Center, beach walks, interactive displays and complimentary seafood samples.

To learn more about the work of the Skagit MRC and other upcoming events, click here.

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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September NWSC Meeting

September 29

*Conference call*

  • Member Spotlight: Elsa Schwartz

  • Olympia oysters thriving in Discovery Bay

    Jefferson

    Jefferson MRC volunteers were recently on the beach at Discovery Bay monitoring Olympia oysters at their restoration site and are happy to report that it's looking great! Their small but efficient crew counted and measured over 600 oysters using quadrats, setting a series of squares set out on the beach to identify and record a sampling of what the oyster population is like. They found new little spat from this season along with larger ones from 2014 that were up to 68mm long, which is about as large as these small oysters get.

    Learn more about Jefferson MRC's work to restore native Olympia oysters on their website.

  • In memoriam, Kit Rawson

    Northwest Straits Initiative

    The Northwest Straits family lost a treasured member of our community this month with the passing of Kit Rawson, a current member of the Skagit MRC. Kit was previously a long-time member of the San Juan MRC, where he led the committee as chair for five years. During his tenure the San Juan County Marine Stewardship Area Plan was developed, and he was a key contributor to that document, among many other accomplishments.

    Kit worked tirelessly on behalf of the Salish Sea for decades, including many years with Tulalip Tribes in their Natural Resources Department. Though he retired in 2013, he never stopped working on issues that mattered most to him, such as salmon restoration, nearshore processes, Olympia oysters, and forage fish. Because of his work, the Salish Sea is a better place and we know that he influenced many others in circles beyond the Northwest Straits, including the Skagit Land Trust, SeaDoc Society, and the League of American Bicyclists. Our hearts are heavy with his passing, but we are grateful to have had the opportunity to work with him, and share his passion for protecting the Salish Sea.

  • Seminars explore alternative energies in the Salish Sea and Pacific Coast

    Northwest Straits Initiative

    Breaking waves and the relentless motion of the tides are powerful forces at work in the ocean—forces that could be used to produce electricity. The ocean is a yet-untapped resource for electricity generation. Attendees at a series of three marine renewable energy seminars held this month in coordination with Washington Sea Grant learned about the ocean’s potential contribution to future energy needs, the current status of marine energy research, and what forces will shape its development, particularly off the Pacific Northwest coast.

    Commission staff coordinated to host one event in Port Townsend and another at Padilla Bay Reserve in Mount Vernon. A third was hosted in partnership with the North Pacific Coast MRC in Forks. If you missed them, check out the University of Washington Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center website, or Washington Sea Grant's website.

Member Spotlight: Elsa Schwartz

Island MRC

Elsa joined Island MRC in January 2015 after she became intrigued by the concept of Marine Resources Committees while studying at the University of Washington under Dr.Terrie Klinger, a former San Juan MRC member and Northwest Straits Commissioner. The idea of a localized, bottom-up approach to protecting and restoring marine resources appealed to her as she was forming a career around her love of the marine world. Elsa is the Senior Director of Restoration for Restore America’s Estuaries (RAE), an Instructor of Marine Science at Trinity Lutheran College in Everett and is also a member of The Coastal Society and the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation.

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Upcoming Events

  • Sep

    20

    Bay to Baker Symposium

    Wednesday-Thursday
    September 20-September 21

    Join Whatcom MRC in association with the Whatcom Watersheds Information Network for this two day conference that will engage agriculture, business, fisheries, forestry, tribal, environmental, and other interests in natural resource topics that are important to the economic and environmental wellbeing of our community.

     

    Ferndale Event Center, Whatcom County, WA

  • Sep

    23

    Skagit Shoreline Landowner Workshop

    Saturday
    September 23
    9:30 AM-12:30 PM

    Learn how you can protect your investment in your property and protect the coastline.

     

    This workshop is FREE.

    Fidalgo Bay Resort Convention Center in Anacortes, 4701 Fidalgo Bay Rd, Anacortes

  • Sep

    29

    September NWSC Meeting

    Friday
    September 29
    10:00 AM-12:00 PM

    This meeting will take place over WebEx.

    *Conference call*