Betsy Peabody, Puget Sound Restoration Fund, speaking to community leaders and members at the June Ocean Acidification Forum in Port Townsend. Photo: Ginny Broadhurst

Ocean Acidification Workshop

The Commission kicked off its third year of ocean acidification outreach forums last month at the Port Townsend Maritime Center. Our goal is to communicate local-level ocean acidification remediation and adaptation strategies to the people who can put the information to use.

We appreciate the many participants from the City of Port Townsend, Jefferson County and other jurisdictions in the area who joined us for this event.


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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August NWSC Meeting

August 26

Ecology Field Office, Bellingham, WA

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  • Member Spotlight: Frances Wood

  • Volunteers check forage fish 'index' sites

    Six MRCs

    This summer a partnership has formed between WDFW and the MRCs for citizen scientists to support WDFW’s forage fish index sites in Puget Sound-wide survey efforts.

    With 2,500 miles of shoreline, agency staff at WDFW cannot reach all sites to conduct repeat surveys, so six MRC’s have adopted these "index" sites identified by WDFW. Trained volunteers will collect samples monthly to verify WDFW findings and assist in confirming data trends.

  • Olympia oyster success in Skagit County!

    Skagit MRC

    Skagit MRC volunteers recently inspected Olympia oysters in Fidalgo Bay and were happy to see the seed they planted in years past are not only surviving, but the population is expanding northward from the original restoration site!

  • July goodbyes!

    Island and Whatcom MRCs

    This month we say goodbye to Leal Dickson who spent over seven years on the Island MRC. Leal was an incredible asset to the MRC and to the regional work of the Northwest Straits.

    We also say goodbye and best wishes to Rachel Benbrook, who recently stepped down from the Whatcom MRC. Rachel joined the Skagit MRC in early 2011, where her local knowledge of the estuaries and stewardship ethic were a great fit. She also served as the MRC’s representative to the Northwest Straits Commission.

Member Spotlight: Frances Wood

Island MRC

Frances Wood, MRC Chair, of Langley is a nature writer with particular interest in birds and bird watching. A WSU Beach Watcher and Shore Steward, she has served as president of Whidbey Audubon and represents environmental and conservation interests.

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Upcoming Events

  • Aug


    August NWSC Meeting

    August 26
    10:00 AM-3:00 PM


    This month, the Commission is broadcasting a special presentation from Cedar Bouta and Michelle Wilcox, Department of Ecology, on the Shoreline Master’s Program rule changes and Net Pen updates.

    To join Cedar and Michelle’s presentation over WebEx, click here. Enter your name and email address and click “Join.”

    For audio conference only, dial: 1-877-668-4493, access code: 922 967 490 


    Physical address of meeting: 1440 - 10th Street, Suite 102
    Bellingham, WA 98225

    Ecology Field Office, Bellingham, WA

  • Aug


    Fidalgo Bay Day 2016

    August 27
    11:00 AM-3:00 PM

    A FREE, fun and educational event for all ages. Fidalgo Bay Day includes many interactive educational displays, hands on activities, games, kid-friendly crafts, Samish canoe rides, complimentary seafood samples, Samish no-host salmon BBQ and so much more.

    Sponsored by the Skagit MRC.

    4701 Fidalgo Bay Rd, Anacortes

  • Aug


    Birch Bay Days and Crab Fest

    August 27-August 28

    Visit Whatcom MRC at the Birch Bay Days and Crab Fest to learn about the marine life in Birch Bay.  Get up close and personal with aquatic critters in a display tank at the MRC booth and learn about responsible crabbing techniques.

    This FREE event includes lots of fun event for the whole family. Come enjoy the beach and celebrate the beauty of Birch Bay!

    7800 Block of Birch Bay Drive