Congressman Derek Kilmer, Rich Childers, Ginny Broadhurst, Jerry Masters, Nan McKay and Caroline Gibson at Puget Sound Day on the Hill.

Puget Sound Day on the Hill

An energized delegation of Northwest Straits Initiative representatives recently joined the 60-strong partners in Washington D.C. for Puget Sound Day on the Hill to inform decision-makers on the progress and importance of Puget Sound protection and recovery. Nan McKay, Jerry Masters, Ginny Broadhurst, Rich Childers, and Caroline Gibson all participated. The team also had an opportunity to meet with Senator Patty Murray to acknowledge the years of support she’s provided to our organization.

Congressmen Denny Heck and Derek Kilmer gave a thoughtful and personal welcome to the coalition, followed by three jam-packed days of meetings. Tribal representation was a critical voice with the risk to treaty rights resulting from ecosystem degradation underscoring the importance of protecting Puget Sound. Thanks to the Puget Sound Partnership staff for coordinating this successful event. Click here for event highlights and information.

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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June NWSC Meeting

June 30

Snohomish County Admin Building

  • Member Spotlight: Alan Clark

  • Commission elections

    Northwest Straits Commission

    Nan McKay was elected to serve another one-year term as Chair of the Commission and Jamey Selleck was elected to serve another one-year term as Vice-Chair of the Commission.

  • Olympia oyster workshop

    Northwest Straits Initiative

    Restoration of the native Olympia oyster is a priority for several Marine Resources Committees and their partners, and the Northwest Straits Initiative recently hosted a workshop to establish common protocols and restoration data metrics, and discuss overall restoration goals for the region.

    Among the many constructive discussions, the group agreed that we need to continue our work to restore this native species and emphasize re-establishing Olympia oysters as reef habitat that supports many other marine organisms. In the coming months, we’ll continue our work to create common methods that will guide a collective citizen approach to restoring this important piece of the Puget Sound puzzle. Learn more about our Olympia oyster restoration efforts on our website.

  • Digging for Dinner


    Jefferson MRC recently hosted their first Digging for Dinner event of the year in Quilcene, and more than 40 participants came out to this free event with their buckets and boots to learn all about harvesting steamer clams on local beaches.

    Thanks to expert Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife shellfish biologists, enthusiastic families learned about the different types of clams, where to find them, and how to harvest safely and sustainably. The notoriously difficult spring weather even cooperated, giving them a sunny Saturday to enjoy on the beach while they collected clams for dinner.

    They’ll be hosting another on June 9 in Dosewallips State Park. Learn more about this event or register to attend at

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

  • Jun


    Speaker Series: Bellingham Waterfront Update

    June 01

    Whatcom MRC is hosting Port of Bellingham staff who will be providing information on the Bellingham waterfront redevelopment. This will take place during the first portion of the MRC's general meeting.

    Meetings are open to the public!  Join the group to learn more about the improvements underway.

    Civic Annex Building, Garden Room, 322 N. Commercial St. Bellingham

  • Jun


    Digging for Dinner - Dosewallips

    June 09
    9:00 AM-11:30 AM

    This site is a wonderful place to learn about harvesting oysters and several clam species from our expert WDFW shellfish biologists. Learn, then dig for your dinner on the beach with their guidance. More info HERE. Click here to register.

    Dosewallips State Park in Brinnon

  • Jun


    Public Speaker Series: Lummi Island Water Resources

    June 10
    9:00 AM-12:00 PM

    This month Whatcom MRC's public speaker series focuses on the issue of water on Lummi Island.

    Join local experts and purveyors as they share their knowledge about the resource, issues and challenges associated with it, and actions you can take to help protect it. 

    Beach Elementary School