Photo: Jefferson MRC volunteers monitoring for oysters in the restoration area. Credit: Cheryl Lowe

Baby Oysters in Jefferson County!

Last year, Jefferson MRC completed a 1/2-acre habitat enhancement project in the Discovery Bay tide flats, testing a new, low-impact method for restoration. Clean Pacific oyster shells were thinly-dispersed to enhance habitat for oysters to grow.

This summer, volunteers returned to monitor seed in the same area. In spite of the challenges of the unusually mucky access route, they were encouraged to find more than 200 new oysters in the 43 quadrats, ranging in size from 2 to over 15 mm!

Learn more about the work of the Jefferson MRC on their website at

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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17th Annual MRC Conference

November 06-November 07

Four Points by Sheraton, Bellingham

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  • Member Spotlight: Jay Lind

  • Clallam MRC Celebrates Summer Interns


    Clallam MRC recently hosted a celebration of the work of their 2015 summer interns. The five interns provided support for MRC projects this summer:

    > Emily Larson, focused on community outreach - building awareness and public support for marine recovery actions;
    > Tori Cantelow, worked on restoration of Olympia oysters in Sequim Bay;
    > Katelyn McLean, worked closely with the Port of Port Angeles to determine the extent of invasive plant species on Port property;
    > Haley Gray, focused on the impact of marine debris, organizing two beach cleanups on Ediz Hook; and
    > Kerri McHenry, focused on oil spill preparedness by compiling new information on the Elwha River estuary.

    The celebration was co-sponsored by the Northwest Straits Foundation. Many thanks to the interns for their great work this year!


    Read more about the work of the Clallam MRC at


  • Wooden Boat Festival


    The annual Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend is a perfect opportunity for the Jefferson MRC to reach boaters and families. This year the MRC booth included a rain garden model, which was a magnet for kids as they added rain from spray bottle to the roofs of various buildings and watched it flow through the rain gardens. Kids of all ages also posed in the MRC's marine habitats photo booth. Out in the bay, the MRC's voluntary no anchor eelgrass protection zone helped to keep the more than 300 visiting boats out of the eelgrass.

    Learn more about the Jefferson MRC on their website at

  • Welcome, Nicole!

    NW Straits Commission

    We are happy to announce that Nicole Jordan started as our new staff Program Coordinator. Nicole is coming to us from the Marine Life Center in Bellingham, where she has been doing a variety of work that included everything from working with volunteers to managing databases and aquariums.

    Nicole has a Bachelor of Arts from Western Washington University in Environmental Education and Communication and is extremely well suited to working with us in this position. Welcome, Nicole!

    Nicole can be reached at, or by phone at 360-428-1064. 

Member Spotlight: Jay Lind

Skagit MRC

Jay Lind, MRC Chair, was born and raised in the Seattle area and graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a business degree in 1969. Married to April since 1969, they have two sons and two granddaughters. He started sport fishing after retiring and joined the Skagit MRC to become involved with enhancing the local marine resources.

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Upcoming Events

  • Oct


    Shoreline Landowner Workshop- Snohomish

    October 17-October 17

    Snohomish MRC event: Shoreline Landowner Workshop, Lake Goodwin Community Club, Stanwood. Register here.

    Stanwood, WA

  • Nov


    17th Annual MRC Conference

    November 06-November 07

    17th Annual Northwest Straits Initiative MRC Conference

    *This event is by invitation only*

    Four Points by Sheraton, Bellingham

  • Dec


    Northwest Straits Commission Meeting - December

    December 04
    10 am-12 pm

    WebEx Conference Call