New Members Wanted!

Do you live in Snohomish, Island or Whatcom County and have an interest in marine resource issues? If so, consider joining a Marine Resources Committee!
•    Snohomish MRC is seeking 1-2 motivated members to serve as citizen advisors on a committee that addresses local marine issues and recommends action to the County Executive and County Council. Click here for an application.
•    Island MRC is seeking up to five members representing a diverse array of stakeholders, including tribes, science, military, commercial and recreational marine users, ports, planners, engineers, agriculture, conservation groups, NGOs, education, and economic interests. Click here for details.
•    Whatcom MRC is looking for an individual with relevant economic expertise (such as, but not limited to, a representative of the Port or commercial fishing) to fill an open position on the Committee and provide perspective on Whatcom County's marine resources for a four year term. Read more on their web site.


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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16th Annual MRC Conference

December 05-December 06

Northwest Maritime Center, Port Townsend

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  • Restore America's Estuaries Conference

    The Northwest Straits Initiative was well-represented at the Restore America's Estuaries (RAE) conference in Washington, DC earlier this month. Ginny Broadhurst, Commission director, presented on Wading Deeper into Citizen Engagement. Joan Drinkwin and Lisa Kaufman from the Northwest Straits Foundation attended and presented, as well as several MRC members, who attended as part of their day jobs, including Christine Woodward of the Skagit MRC for the Samish Indian Nation, Keeley O'Connell of the Snohomish MRC for Earth Corps, and Eleanor Hines of the Whatcom MRC for Surfrider.

  • Whidbey Island Pigeon Guillemot Study


    Frances Wood, Chair of the Island MRC, recently presented information about pigeon guillemot studies on Whidbey Island to the region's technical working group on marine birds. The annual breeding survey conducted by the MRC has generated 10 years of data on this beautiful and iconic bird. The pigeon guillemot, marbled murrelet, and rhinoceros auklet are three species included in a recovery strategy coordinated by the Puget Sound Partnership. The MRC project, conducted in collaboration with Whidbey Audubon and other partners, is the basis for two new similar studies near Nisqually and Tacoma.

    Photo: Celia Bartram

  • Welcome New MRC Staff

    Island Island County MRC is pleased to welcome Anna Toledo as their new MRC Coordinator. Toledo holds a B.S. in Biology from the University of Richmond. Originally from the east coast, she recently moved to the Pacific Northwest from Washington, DC, where she worked as a sustainability consultant on recycling and solid waste management. Toledo also served with the Peace Corps in Ecuador on their Natural Resource Conservation Program, and brings experience in environmental education, small business development, and program management. She is excited to start working with the Island County MRC as she settles into her new home on Whidbey Island.

Member Spotlight: Anne Murphy

Jefferson MRC

A true “watershed’ moment started Anne Murphy off on her journey that would eventually land her on Puget Sound at the head of the Port Townsend Marine Science Center. Having taken a drink from the local creek, her dad explained how watersheds work…and that the horses upstream may not make for very good drinking water.

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Upcoming Events

  • Dec


    Bellingham Green Drinks

    December 03
    5 pm-7 pm

    Bellingham Green Drinks is an informal monthly gathering of environmentally minded folks. Open to all, an ever-changing group of people meet to network, make friends, collaborate, and find out what's happening in our community. Join us for December Green Drinks co-hosted by Whatcom County MRC & NW Straits Foundation at Brandywine Kitchen. Enjoy conversation and an opportunity to meet other local professionals in the sustainability community.

    317 Commercial St, Bellingham, WA

  • Dec


    16th Annual MRC Conference

    December 05-December 06

    The 16th Annual Northwest Straits MRC Conference will be held December 5-6, 2014 at the Northwest Maritime Center in Port Townsend. We'll be updating our conference web page regularly as the conference program is developed.

    Registration for this event is by invitation only. For additional information about registration, please contact Heidi Lehman at 360-733-1725 x 1.

    Northwest Maritime Center, Port Townsend

  • Jan


    State of the Bay Research Symposium

    January 22

    The Symposium will bring together researchers, managers, and interested citizens to broaden our understanding of the vital resource that is Bellingham Bay and explore opportunities to enhance communication/coordination in order to protect it for future generations. FREE but limited to first 150 people. See web site for more details and registration.

    Bellingham Cruise Terminal, Fairhaven