Sunset light over Padilla Bay Reserve. Photo: Sasha Horst

Position announcement: Director, Northwest Straits Commission

The Northwest Straits Commission currently has an incredible opportunity for an experienced strategic thinker, community collaborator and leader to manage and direct the Northwest Straits Commission.

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced leader who wants to put their expertise and vision to work in service of a proven organization that values diversity, marine conservation, science and community driven work. 

Click here to read the full position description and find out how to apply. 

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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  • Net Ecosystem Improvement (NEI)

    Northwest Straits Initiative

    Two Net Ecosystem Improvement (NEI) WebEx presentations were held on January  24 and February 7. Dr. Ron Thom and Dr. Tom Mumford provided their the most recent version of the presentation (click here).

  • What is the impact of removed derelict crab pots?

    The Northwest Straits Foundation and Snohomish County Marine Resources Committee are conducting a derelict crab pot removal project in the Port Gardner Study Area next month. This "Study Area" was established back in 2008 when crab pots were removed from the same area where removals had previously been done in 2004 and 2005. This will be the 10th removal at this location.

    Along with reducing impacts to the local resource and marine ecosystem, multiple years of surveys and removals in the same area provide the opportunity to analyze gear loss over time, reasons for gear loss, and changes in rate of escape cord compliance.

  • Snohomish MRC special film series


    Snohomish MRC is launching a special event series in early 2018 to educate and inform citizens on ocean issues and solutions. The MRC reviewed several possible documentaries and coordinated with professionals in the field. The films and topics include three main focuses:

    -Puget Sound at the University of Washington Bothell on February 7 from 7:00-9:00 PM and Everett Community College on January 29 from 6:30-8:30PM featuring Return of the Kings  with facilitated discussion by videographer, Florian Graner.

    -Freshwater Nexus at the University of Washington Bothell on March 1 from 7:00-9:00 PM and Everett Community College on February 28 from 6:30-8:30PM featuring Return of the River-Elwha Restoration.

    -Open Ocean at the University of Washington Bothell on April 22 from 7:00-9:00 PM and Everett Community College on April 25 from 6:30-8:30 PM featuring Chasing Choral.

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Member Spotlight: Dale Moses

Jefferson MRC

Dale Moses joined the Jefferson MRC in early 2014 to represent recreational users and jumped right in with both feet. He volunteered to serve as the MRC's representative to the Commission, is project lead for the MRC's Voluntary No-anchor Zones committee and represents the MRC at numerous other meetings.

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Upcoming Events

  • Feb


    Starlight Beach Walk - Snohomish

    February 26
    7:00 PM-8:30 PM

    Come see the intertidal zone at night! In partnership of Snohomish MRC,  City of Edmonds Discovery Programs staff and the WSU Snohomish County Extension Beach Watchers.

    Olympic Beach Visitor Station, 200 Admiral Way in Edmonds

  • Feb


    Ocean Literacy Series - Freshwater Nexus

    February 28
    6:30 PM-8:30 PM

    Join Snohomish MRC for this special series on ocean literacy featuring film screenings and presentations.

    Everett Community College

  • Mar


    Northwest Straits - Annual Retreat

    March 01-March 02

    La Conner Country Inn