Lucas Hart and John Vavrinec at the 2016 Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference.

Northwest Straits at the Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference

The Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference encompasses hundreds of presenters, research posters, vendors, educational exhibits and sessions presenting the latest research on the state of the Salish Sea. The conference had several attendees from the Northwest Straits Initiative including representatives from the Commission, each MRC and the Foundation.

The Northwest Straits Commission has released our 2015 Annual Report! Click here to read the full document.

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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May NWSC Meeting

May 27

WebEx Conference Call

  • Member Spotlight: Judy Surber

  • Jefferson MRC checks up on no anchor zone buoys

    Jefferson MRC

    Mystery Bay in Jefferson County is a popular boating location and prolific shellfish area. In 2010 the MRC led an effort to ensure safe harvest of shellfish and space for visiting boaters, creating a voluntary no anchor zone marked by six buoys. This past weekend, volunteers from the Jefferson MRC and an AmeriCorps member enjoyed a sunny day on the water checking up on the buoys in advance of the busy boating season.

    Click here to learn more about Jefferson MRC's voluntary no anchor zones.

  • Understanding Eelgrass in Island County

    Island MRC

    Earlier this year, the Washington Department of Natural Resources issued their report on the status and trends of eelgrass in Puget Sound, finding an overall increase despite some areas of decline. Island County MRC recently presented their results from the past seven years of underwater and aerial surveys of eelgrass beds.

  • Farewell to Joan Drinkwin!

    Northwest Straits Foundation

    As a result of her work, derelict gear removal operations increased substantially, as did efforts to prevent the loss of gear and research related to the impacts of derelict gear.

    Please join us in thanking Joan and wishing her great success with the new opportunities ahead!

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

  • May


    Oil Spill Workshop: Changing risks in the Juan de Fuca

    May 03
    1:00 PM-4:00 PM


    Joe Raymond, US Coast Guard

    David Byers, Department of Ecology

    Jennifer Garcelon, Clallam County

    Jeff Ward, Clallam Marine Resources Committee

    *The workshop will include a round table discussion

    Carver Room, Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St. Port Angeles, WA

  • May


    Public Speaker Series: Olympia Oyster Restoration

    May 05
    6:00 PM-7:00 PM

    Join the Whatcom MRC and Whatcom Watersheds Information Network (WWIN) for a FREE public speaker series event with Dr. Paul Dinnel. Dr. Paul Dinnel will share insights into Oympia oyster restoration techniques and recent success stories from projects in Skagit County.


    Garden Level Conference Room at the Civic Center Annex: 322 N. Commercial St., Bellingham, WA

  • May


    Digging for Dinner

    May 07
    9:45 AM

    Jefferson MRC is hosting this great event!

    Camille Speck and Doug Rogers, shellfish biologists with the WA Dept of Fish and Wildlife, will teach you all about safe and sustainable clam harvesting. Co-sponsored by WDFW and WSU Extension Beach Naturalists.

    ($10 suggested donation per family)

    RSVP REQUIRED. Register early

    Oak Bay County Park, Port Hadlock