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.
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
- Ocean Acidification in Washington - Terrie Klinger, Ph.D., UW School of Marine Affairs
- Local variation in ocean acidification: Using marine landscape variability to identify opportunity - Kirsten Feifel, Ph.D., WA Department of Natural Resources
- Past the near meadows: shellfish performance across eelgrass-driven pH gradients - Micah Horwith, Ph.D., WA Department of Natural Resources
- Potential Impacts of Ocean Acidification on Some Harvested Species in the Salish Sea - Paul McElhany, Ph.D., NOAA NW Fisheries Science Center Whatcom
On the Cutting Edge of Kelp: Working to Understand this Critical Habitat Feature
- Kelp projects of the Northwest Straits Initiative - Lucas Hart, Ph.D., Northwest Straits Commission
- STRESSED OUT: Environmental and biotic factors and kelp communities - Max Calloway, Master’s Program, The Evergreen State College
- Kelp Detection using Remote Sensing Technology - Maycira Costa, Ph.D., University of Victoria
- Bull Kelp Life History Study - Brian Allen, Puget Sound Restoration Fund
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
- Marine Energy in Washington: Lessons Learned and a Path Forward - Brian Polagye, Ph.D., University of Washington
- Monitoring Marine Energy with an Adaptable Monitoring Package - Emma DeWitt Cotter, University of Washington
- Marine Renewable Energy: How can we have our orcas and low carbon energy? - Andrea Copping, Ph.D. Pacific Northwest National Labs
Innovative Tools for Collecting and Communicating Scientific Data
- SoundIQ and Survey123 - Suzanne Shull, Padilla Bay Reserve
- MyCoast - Wesley Shaw and Chris Rae, Blue Urchin LLC
Impacts and Challenges from Vessel Traffic in the Salish Sea
- Marine Exchange of Puget Sound - John Veentjer
- Whales & shipping: How the ECHO Program is working to reduce the impact of vessel traffic on whales in the Salish Sea - Krista Trounce, Port of Vancouver
Considering Climate Change in Nearshore Restoration Projects
- Estuary and Salmon Restoration Program - Jay Krienitz, ESRP, WA Dept of Fish and Wildlife
- Integrating Science with Private Landowner Outreach to Increase Coastal Resilience: GIS Prioritization, Collaborative Design, Projects - Jim Johannessen, Coastal Geologic Services
- Restoration and Sea Level Rise: Local Context - Anna Toledo, Island County MRC
The Sea King: Jacques Cousteau’s Ocean Exploration and Marine Conservation - Brad Matsen, Author
Ignite! Stories of MRCs in Action
This event would not be possible without the support of our many sponsors. Thank you to all who contributed to a successful event!