2017 MRC Conference

The 19th Annual Northwest Straits Initiative MRC Conference was held on November 3-4, 2017 at the Four Points by Sheraton in Bellingham, Whatcom County. This annual event brought together MRC members from all seven counties, project partners, Northwest Straits Commissioners and Foundation board members. 

Below is a photo gallery from the event, along with  presentations shared from many of the sessions. 

Photo Gallery



Click here to view the conference agenda.

Click here to view a full list of conference session descriptions. 

The conference agenda covers two days with a combination of plenary and concurrent sessions from expert speakers and MRC peers. Below are links to pdf versions of presentations where available. 


Northwest Straits 101 - Caroline Gibson, Anne Murphy, Rich Childers

Ocean Acidification: Species Impacts & Local Effects in Puget Sound

On the Cutting Edge of Kelp: Working to Understand this Critical Habitat Feature

Engaging Conservation Leaders


Prehistory and History of Forage Fish in the Southern Salish Sea - Bob Kopperl, Ph.D., Willamette Cultural Resources Associates

The Evolution of Marine Renewable Energy in the Pacific Northwest

Innovative Tools for Collecting and Communicating Scientific Data

Impacts and Challenges from Vessel Traffic in the Salish Sea

Considering Climate Change in Nearshore Restoration Projects

The Sea King: Jacques Cousteau’s Ocean Exploration and Marine Conservation - Brad Matsen, Author

Ignite! Stories of MRCs in Action

  • Clallam 
  • Island
  • Jefferson
  • Skagit
  • Snohomish


This event would not be possible without the support of our many sponsors. Thank you to all who contributed to a successful event!