Tufted Puffin at Tatoosh Island, WA. Photo © Charles Bergman

Public Comment Sought on Protective Status for Tufted Puffins

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has recommended listing tufted puffins on the state's endangered species list and removing Steller sea lions from the state's threatened species list.

The public has two opportunities to provide comments on WDFW's recommendations. Written comments can be submitted through Jan. 23. A public hearing also is scheduled at the Feb. 6-7 meeting of the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission.

Click here to review an updated status report on the tufted puffin.

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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Northwest Straits Commission Meeting - January

January 30

Pacific Rim Institute, 180 Parker Rd, Coupeville, WA 98239

  • Winter Storms Keep WCC Crew Busy

    In November and December, our Marine Debris Project assistant, Paul Argites, and Washington Conservation Corps (WCC) veteran crews spent two weeks removing plastic, styrofoam, and creosote-treated wood from Northwest Straits shoreline. The cleanup effort resulted in the removal of 4.6 tons of marine debris from Drayton Harbor, Padilla Bay, Bellingham Bay, and Whidbey Island's western shores. Recent high tide events and severe weather will keep the WCC cleanup crews busy over the coming months as they help control the influx of marine debris to Puget Sound shorelines.

  • New Rain Gardens Filter Stormwater in Port Townsend


    Jefferson MRC recently partnered with WSU Extension and the City of Port Townsend to install two new rain gardens on Garfield Street in uptown Port Townsend just in time to collect and filter stormwater runoff in the recent storms. Rooftops, driveways, streets and other impervious surfaces do not allow water to soak into the ground. These rain gardens will improve water quality by capturing stormwater pollutants from car oil, fertilizers, dog poop and sediments. Pollutants affect the health of eelgrass, shellfish, salmon and other marine species, so this project targets high-priority drainage areas where unfiltered stormwater flows directly into the Bay. MRC volunteers were joined by five members of the Sound Experience Adventuress crew, Beach Watchers, neighbors and other community volunteers for two days of planting and mulching in early December to make this project a success. Click here for more information about rain gardens.

  • Snohomish MRC Releases New Video


    The Snohomish MRC recently completed a video featuring the Port Susan Marine Stewardship Area. Videographer Faith Haney interviewed farmers, MRC staff, Stillaguamish Tribe staff and Port Susan residents who have highlighted the importance of Port Susan for both people and marine resources. The video premiered at the November 20th Focus on Farming Conference and will be shown at the upcoming MRC Conference in Port Townsend. Click here to view the video!

Member Spotlight: Al Bergstein

Jefferson MRC

Al Bergstein's, MRC Chair, interest in environmental issues goes back to the 1970s when he volunteered as a publicity director for Seattle Audubon. His career path spanned computer sales - back when personal computing was a fledgling industry - into work on the technical side that included twelve years with Microsoft.

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Upcoming Events

  • Jan


    Northwest Straits Commission Meeting - January

    January 30
    10 am-3 pm

    Click here for agenda and additional materials.

    Click here for Executive Committee, External Relations Committee and NWS Commission meeting minutes.

    Click here for MRC reports.

    Pacific Rim Institute, 180 Parker Rd, Coupeville, WA 98239

  • Feb


    Northwest Straits Commission Meeting - February

    February 27
    10 am-12 pm

    WebEx Conference Call

  • Mar


    Northwest Straits Commission Retreat

    March 12-March 13

    NWSC Offices - Padilla Bay