Ruth Richards demonstrates a forage fish survey to Governor Jay Inslee and his grandson. Photo credit: Anna Toledo

Governor Inslee visits Cornet Bay

Over 10 years of collaborative conservation at Cornet Bay recently caught Governor Inslee’s eye, and on July 17th he joined numerous project partners out on the beach to learn how this project became a premier example of restoration in Puget Sound. Volunteers from Island County Marine Resources Committee and partner organizations described how hard shore armor removal and native plant restoration brought Cornet Bay one step closer to its natural state.

The tour also highlighted how monitoring forage fish and salmon are an important aspect of understanding the effectiveness of restoration actions. With 1,600 feet of shoreline restored along with two acres of natural beach and the first surf smelt spawning event in known history at the site, Governor Inslee walked away with an excellent understanding of how we can work collectively to achieve ambitious recovery goals for Puget Sound. To learn more about this work, click here.

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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September Commission Meeting

September 27


  • Member Spotlight: Jamey Selleck

  • Welcome, Clallam Summer Interns!

    Northwest Straits Commission

    Clallam MRC has kicked off their 2019 summer intern program, with a group of five enthusiastic interns joining the team this season. Sending a warm welcome and thanks to them as they take on some important local projects. 

    Mark your calendar to join the MRC and community members to learn about their work at an Intern Celebration at Feiro Marine Life Center August 19, 2019 from 5:30-7pm!  Learn more about the program on their website.

  • The Commission gets a glimpse of the future

    Northwest Straits Initiative

    Our June meeting was packed with presentations on what is around the corner for 2020. Representatives from the MRCs shared just one of the many projects they'll be working on in their counties in the coming year.

    Learn more about the work of the MRCs on our website.

  • MRC oyster projects featured in new Story Map

    Back in 2002, Skagit MRC was one of the first organizations to take on the work of restoring native Olympia oysters in Puget Sound. Since then, several other MRCs and many other organizations have established projects up and down the West Coast.

    A new Story Map published by the Tijuana River NERR through a grant from the National Estuarine Research Reserve Science Collaborative, highlights the many projects, including those being carried out by the Clallam, Jefferson, Skagit and Whatcom MRCs. Check it out here.

Member Spotlight: Jamey Selleck

Skagit MRC

Kit Rawson represents the Skagit Land Trust on Skagit MRC and is no stranger to the Northwest Straits Initiative, having previously served as a member of the San Juan MRC for a dozen years, including five years as chair.

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Upcoming Events

  • Aug


    August Commission Meeting

    August 23
    10:15 AM-3:00 PM

    Jamestwn S'Klallam Tribal Center

  • Aug


    2019 Fidalgo Bay Day

    August 24

    Save the date!

    Fidalgo Bay Resort

  • Sep


    Searching for Seaweed Beach Walk

    September 01
    12:00 PM-1:30 PM

    Join the Jefferson MRC  and wild edible and medicinal plants specialist Nancy Slick for a fun walk on the beach and learn about different kinds of seaweeds and shoreline plants (how they grow, edible and medicinal uses) as well as agates, common marine critters, and how to identify different kinds of shells.


    RSVP required; program is free. 

    Marrowstone Point Light House (Fort Flagler State Park)