Jamey Selleck and Hannah Spohn sampling for forage fish eggs. Photo: Kathleen Pozarycki

Forage fish find a comfortable home at Snohomish beach restoration sites

Snohomish MRC wants the healthiest county beaches possible, since many of them can serve as habitat for forage fish to lay their eggs. Since 2011, the MRC has surveyed for forage fish eggs at Powder Mill Creek, Narback Creek, Glenwood Creek and Howarth Park. In 2016, the MRC added special placements of sand known as "beach nourishment" as part of the MRC's Nearshore Restoration Project.

Since the project was finished in 2016, the Snohomish MRC has ventured back to the beach, sampling for tiny forage fish eggs at all of the nourishment sites. They are now working to analyze the data from the last six years, including pre-restoration and post-restoration, to determine the success of these nourishment on forage fish habitat.

Learn more about the work of the Snohomish MRC, and watch a time-lapse video of their restoration project.

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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March NWSC Meeting

March 31

*Conference call*

  • Member Spotlight: Lyn Muench

  • Food Webs Can Be Fishy


    Clallam MRC recently hosted their first "Science Saturday" event with the theme Food Webs Can Be Fishy to share information about the vital role forage fish have in the marine food web.

    Dozens of local community members joined in for hands-on demonstrations, activities for children and presentations from regional experts. Phil Dionne, research scientist on nearshore and forage fish ecology at WDFW talked forage fish, while Bob Boekelheide from Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society presented on local seabirds. Ed Bowlby, chair of the Clallam MRC, described the Pigeon Guillemot surveys MRC volunteers are doing in Dungeness Bay.

    Learn more about the work of the Clallam MRC here.

  • Salish Sea Stewards kicks off 2017 classes


    The 2017 training series for a new class of Salish Sea Stewards kicked off this month with a record number of volunteers and a waiting list started for 2018 classes. When they graduate from the program in May, these local community members will be trained and ready to get their boots muddy on local shorelines.

    Salish Sea Stewards contribute thousands of volunteer hours on forage fish surveys, native oyster restoration, invasive green crab surveys and many other citizen science projects.

    Read more about this year's program and the work of the Skagit MRC and the Coastal Volunteer Partnership.

  • Tip of the month

    Northwest Straits Commission

    A nice soak in the hot tub sounds great on these blustery Northwest Straits days, but what to do with the water when it needs to be changed? Drain water into a sewer system to avoid streets and storm drains, or allow chemicals to dissipate and direct water into the ground. Why? Chemicals that clean and sanitize the water, such as chlorine, can damage gills and inhibit respiratory functions in fish.

Member Spotlight: Lyn Muench

Clallam MRC

Lyn Muench of the Clallam MRC came to the Olympic Peninsula by way of Bangladesh and nearly twenty years of living overseas in Africa and Asia. An article in the New York Times about the “blue hole” of clear skies over Sequim and a job starting an aquaculture business for the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe brought her here with her husband and daughters.

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Upcoming Events

  • Mar


    Chefs Breakfast: Ocean Acidfication and Shellfish

    March 22
    7:30 AM-9:00 AM

    Join Rich Childers, NWS Commission Director; Lucas Hart, NWS Commission Marine Program Manager; and Bill Dewey, Director of Public Affairs for Taylor Shellfish for breakfast and learn about ocean acidification.

    This presentation will discuss ocean acidification impacts to shellfish, emerging science and provide a forum to discuss the interface between ocean acidification impacts and the seafood industry. Leave with a better understanding of the state of shellfish in NW Washington, both for you and your customers.

    Ciao Thyme, Bellingham, WA

  • Mar


    March NWSC Meeting

    March 31
    10:00 AM-12:00 PM

    This meeting will be over WebEx.

    *Conference call*

  • Apr


    Oiled Wildlife Training - Intake and Stabilization

    April 08
    8:30 AM-4:30 PM

    Join Clallam MRC for the FREE training!

    The class will cover:

    • Health & safety.  Facility requirements
    • Bird anatomy & family characteristics, live & dead specimen practice sessions
    • Effects of oil & secondary complications
    • Hands-on bird anatomy and basic examination
    • Bird handling, intubation / hydration

    Class size is limited, register soon!

    Exposition Hall, Clallam Fairgrounds, Port Angeles, WA