Northwest Straits Commission issues 2014 Annual Report

Click here to read our recently-issued Northwest Straits Commission 2014 Annual Report - we hope that you’ll be inspired!

We work in the northern region of Puget Sound, empowering residents to collaborate on actions that protect and restore local marine resources and we are one of the many partners to carry out the Puget Sound Partnership’s Action Agenda.

The Northwest Straits Commission leverages local stewardship and connects it to regional actions to build collective impact towards restoration.

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 - April

April 24

WebEx Conference Call

  • Member Spotlight: Al Bergstein

  • Report Card Time for Port Susan MSA

    Snohomish MRC

    The Snohomish MRC worked with over 30 partners to develop a Conservation Action Plan for Port Susan that identified six key strategies for ecosystem recovery in the Marine Stewardship Area (MSA). The final plan was adopted in 2012 and the MSA was officially designated by the Snohomish County Council in 2014.

    The MRC recently issued a report card that serves to review progress made on strategies identified in the Plan, reconnect project partners and galvanize new efforts. Project partners were interviewed to document progress made towards each of the six targets: embedded invertebrates, Dungeness crab, beaches and forage fish, deltas, shorebirds, and Chinook salmon. The report card has been distributed to project partners and is available on the MRC web site:

  • Marine Debris Donated to Art Festival

    During the week of March 9-12, our Marine Debris Program Assistant and Washington Conservation Corps Veteran Crews removed 5,040 pounds of plastic, Styrofoam, and creosote-treated wood from Skagit and Island County shorelines. The treated wood was taken to a local refuse transfer station and the remaining marine debris was donated to the Anacortes Arts Festival staff for a community-based art project called "Tide Craft" in which salvaged marine debris will be used to construct artwork. The collection of debris from beaches and waterways will be on display at the August 2015 festival and will provide an opportunity for the public to learn more about its impact on the environment. Learn more about our ongoing marine debris program on our web site.

  • Innovative Stormwater Treatment System

    Jefferson MRC

    Al Cairns, Port of Port Townsend's Environmental Compliance Officer, was Jefferson MRC's guest speaker at their February meeting. Al gave an update about the Port's new biochar and stormwater project. The Port and its community partners are testing new ways to filter out zinc, copper and other pollutants from metal roofs, galvanized chain-link fencing and boat maintenance projects in their Boat Haven marina. This work will benefit local marine waters and possibly enhance effectiveness of future MRC stormwater rain garden projects. For more information about this innovative project, visit the Jefferson MRC web site.

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

  • Apr


    Shoreline Landowner Workshop

    April 04

    Shoreline landowners in Northwest Straits communities are invited to attend a FREE workshop on shoreline erosion management. Click here to learn more.

    April 4, 2015 - Island County, South Whidbey High School

  • Apr


    Oiled Wildlife Training Part 2: Search, Collection & Initial Stabilization

    April 11
    8:30 am-4:30 pm

    Join the Clallam MRC and Islands Oil Spill Association for a FREE two-part oiled wildlife training.

    Part 2 of this training will cover search and collection planning/procedures, initial beak-to-tail examination and treatment, and bird handling techniques.

    See the Clallam MRC web site for more information or click here to register.

    Clallam County Fairgrounds, Port Angeles

  • Apr


    Book Signing

    April 16
    7:00 pm-8:00 pm

    Authors Audrey Benedict and Joe Gaydos will be giving a talk and signing copies of their new book, "The Salish Sea: Jewel of the Pacific Northwest" at Village Books in Fairhaven. The Whatcom MRC will have a table at the event.

    Village Books, Fairhaven