18th Annual MRC Conference

By all accounts, the 18th Annual MRC Conference in Port Townsend was wildly successful. In spite of canceled ferries and high winds, over 150 people attended and learned about everything from growing native oysters to the impacts of underwater noise and what happens when you use a CT scanner on fish. 

We are grateful to all of our speakers and want to give a big shout out to our keynote, local author Jonathan White for reading pieces of his fascinating and beautiful new book Tides: the science and spirit of the ocean. Special thanks to US Congressman Derek Kilmer and Puget Sound Partnership Director Sheida Sahandy for spending time with us.

Please take a look at our web page where we've posted many of the presentations, a slide show of photos, and thanks to our wonderful list of sponsors. Without them this event would not be possible - thank you!

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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December Commission Meeting

December 09

WebEx call

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  • Member Spotlight: Phil Green

  • Bowman Bay celebration!

    Skagit MRC

    Many thanks to those who joined the recent celebration of the completion of a two-year nearshore restoration project at Bowman Bay in Deception Pass State Park. The project included removal of more than 500 linear feet of rock armoring, restoring habitat along the beach at Bowman Bay, an important spawning ground for forage fish. After adding over 1,000 tons of sand and gravel mix, and planting native vegetation, the beach is finding its shape and park visitors can more easily access the water.

    Northwest Straits Foundation, Skagit County Marine Resources Committee (MRC) and the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission partnered to design and carry out the project, with funding from the Puget Sound Nearshore Grant Program, Estuary Salmon Restoration Program, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Puget Sound Partnership and the ALCOA Foundation.

  • King tide viewing party

    Jefferson MRC

    Changes in king tides and storm surges can serve as indicators of climate change. Over 60 people recently gathered in Port Townsend on a cold morning to learn more about king tides, current studies and local action opportunities with Washington Sea Grant, Jefferson MRC and Local 2020. King tides don’t result from climate change, but these high-water events provide a visual glimpse of the future along Puget Sound, as a changing climate causes sea levels to rise.

    Learn more about this event and other projects of the Jefferson MRC on their website.

  • Tip of the month

    Northwest Straits Commission

    Dog feces contains almost twice as much fecal coliform as human feces which can easily find its way into our waterways. While burying or composting it might seem logical, landfills are the most effective way of managing pet waste, so scoop the poop and toss it in the garbage.

Member Spotlight: Phil Green

San Juan MRC

Phil Green joined the San Juan MRC in August, 2013 though he has been attending MRC meetings regularly for many years. Born and raised in Massachusetts, Phil made his way to Washington State in 1973 for a job with the National Park Service.

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Upcoming Events

  • Dec


    December Commission Meeting

    December 09
    10:00 AM-12:00 PM

    To join the WebEx meeting, click here. Enter your name and email address and click "Join."

    For audio conference only, dial: 1-877-668-4493 access code: 927 802 851

    WebEx call

  • Dec


    Clallam Forage Fish Survey

    December 12

    Clallam MRC will conduct a forage fish survey at Pitship Point adjacent to John Wayne Marina and at a beach near Old Town.

    These surveys will be conducted every month. If you are interested in becoming involved please contact Helle Andersen at 360-808-4984. 

    Pitship Point, Clallam County

  • Dec


    Bowman Bay Seining - December

    December 19
    1:00 PM

    Come watch Skagit MRC as they perform beach seining and forage fish spawning surveys on the newly restored Bowman Bay Beach.

    Bowman Bay, Skagit County