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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July NWSC Meeting

July 29

WebEx Conference Call

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  • Member Spotlight: Arnold Schouten

  • 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: Arnold Schouten

Clallam MRC

Arnold Schouten and his wife Debbie created the Dry Creek Waterfowl Sanctuary in Port Angeles, Washington. The Schoutens have spent 34 years transforming 50 acres of Olympic wilderness into their home and that of threatened and endangered northern sea ducks; establishing international recognition for their successful captive breeding program.

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Upcoming Events

  • Jul


    GRP Update for Oil Spill Preparedness

    July 28
    5:00 PM-8:00 PM

    Join Jefferson MRC and Max Gordon from WA Dept of Ecology to learn about oil spill response.

    Jefferson County Library in Port Hadlock

  • Jul


    July NWSC Meeting

    July 29
    10:00 AM-12:00 PM

    The July meeting will be over WebEx. This meeting is open to the public. To receive meeting materials directly, email

    WebEx Conference Call

  • Aug


    Swinomish Spit Beach Cleanup

    August 06
    12:00 PM-3:00 PM

    Please join the Skagit MRC, the Coastal Volunteer Partnership, RE-sources and other volunteers for the first ever cleanup of Swinomish Spit. 

    Please register with Lee ( for exact location and time.