Left to right: Simone Alin, Betsy Peabody, Cindy Jayne, Jean Walat. Credit: Holly Faulstich

Successful Community Forum on Ocean Health

The Northwest Straits Commission, in partnership with the Jefferson Marine Resources Committee and Puget Sound Restoration Fund, hosted a Community Forum on Ocean Health at the Northwest Maritime Center in Port Townsend on October 7.

It was a free event focused on the science of changing ocean chemistry, its effects on sea life, and what is being done locally to combat the problem in Puget Sound. Over 90 people were in attendance and provided great feedback on the event. The speakers' presentations can be found at the bottom of our Ocean Acidification page.

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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  • Member Spotlight: Judy Surber

  • Dungeness River Festival

    Clallam MRC

    Who wants to kiss a geoduck? Clallam MRC members once again encouraged children to get close and plant kisses on geoducks at the 15th Annual Dungeness River Festival. This event drew more than 2,750 people to celebrate the watershed and estuary and recognize the 50th anniversary of the federal Wilderness Act. School children attend on Friday with their schools and additional visitors participated on Saturday.

    At the popular Clallam MRC booth, event-goers could "kiss" a geoduck and receive a sticker. MRC members also shared information about their work on various projects, such as Olympia oyster restoration and beach cleanups. Learn more about the work of the Clallam MRC on their new web site at www.clallamcountymrc.org.

  • Discovery Bay Olympia Oyster Relocation

    Jefferson MRC

    Volunteers from the Jefferson MRC, Beach Watchers and WDFW relocated more than 5,000 oysters in an Olympia oyster "rescue mission" on June 25th, to move them out of harm's way prior to a major nearshore restoration project. The volunteers collected the old shells and rocks the oysters were attached to within the proposed construction zone, and placed them into tidal channels that would not be disturbed during the construction phase.

    The project involves removing riprap and an old creosote railroad trestle as well as lowering the height of the railroad berm to allow tidal overwash into the adjacent lagoon, to enhance habitat for salmon and forage fish. Restoration work at the site is being led by the North Olympic Salmon Coalition. More information can be found on the Maynard Beach Restoration project page.

  • Derelict Vessel Removal in Snohomish County

    Snohomish MRC

    Snohomish County MRC staff and members recently worked with the  Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to support removal of seven derelict vessels from Deadwater and Ebey Sloughs in the Snohomish River. The removals addressed a pollution and habitat concern that has plagued the Snohomish River estuary for years.

    This partnership between the MRC, Snohomish County Public Works, Snohomish County Sheriff's Department and DNR provided almost $400,000 in state funds carry out the removal operations.
    To learn more about the work of Snohomish MRC, visit their web site at www.snocomrc.org.

Member Spotlight: Judy Surber

Jefferson MRC

Watch out when you start talking to Judy Surber of the Jefferson MRC: you may find yourself lured into a surprisingly interesting conversation about shoreline planning and other wonky policy stuff. Her ability to understand and communicate land use-related issues is an incredible talent.

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Upcoming Events

  • Nov


    Public Speaker Series

    November 06
    6:00 pm-8:00 pm

    As part of the Whatcom MRC/WWIN Public Speaker Series, Jennifer Lanksbury, a fish and wildlife biologist for WDFW, will present the results from the 2013-14 caged mussel study at the November 6 Whatcom MRC meeting.

    Whatcom County Civic Center, 322 N. Commercial Street, Bellingham, Garden Level Conference Room

  • Nov


    NOAA Nite

    November 06
    4:30 pm-8:00 pm

    The NOAA Fisheries Mukilteo Research Station is hosting a NOAA Nite in Mukilteo. This event features science presentations, hands-on activities for adults and kids, scientific posters and booths from NOAA partners, including the Snohomish MRC. Chat with scientists about salmon recovery, abalone conservation, ocean acidification, the Puget Sound ecosystem and more.

    Rosehill Community Center, 304 Lincoln Ave., Mukilteo, WA

  • Nov


    Focus on Farming Conference

    November 20

    The 11th annual Focus on Farming conference "Back to the Farm" will be held November 20, 2014 at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe, WA. The conference will feature keynote speakers, networking opportunities and 24 great workshop classes in six industry tracks. A video highlighting the Snohomish MRC's Port Susan restoration project will be shown at the event.

    Evergreen State Fairgrounds