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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

  • Member Spotlight: Frances Wood

  • Salish Sea Stewards graduation

    Skagit MRC

    Congratulations to the nineteen new Salish Sea Stewards who graduated from the volunteer training program last month, ready to take on marine conservation, restoration and education efforts in Skagit County!

  • Spring seeding of Olympia oysters in Quilcene Bay

    Jefferson MRC

    Jefferson MRC is committed to restoring Olympia oysters in their local waters. Last month they distributed 10 bags of oyster shell in Quilcene Bay, kindly donated by Taylor Shellfish Farms. The shell is seeded with young Olympia oysters that they hope will recolonize where they were once abundant.

  • Thank you, Jeff Ward!

    Northwest Straits Commission

    This month the Commission acknowledges a fantastic team member and inspiring ocean advocate, Jeff Ward, who recently completed over three years of service on the Northwest Straits Commission as the representative of Clallam MRC.

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

  • Jul


    Beach Naturalists

    July 04
    10:00 AM-1:00 PM

    Join Skagit MRC as they identify marine life at low tide!

    Washington Park, Anacortes

  • Jul


    Public Speaker Series: City of Bellingham Restoration Assessments

    July 07
    6:00 PM-7:00 PM

    Join the Whatcom MRC and Whatcom Watersheds Information Network (WWIN) for a FREE public speaker series event with  Analiese Burns, City of Bellingham Habitat and Restoration Manager, for an overview of the City's terrestrial and marine habitat assessments and how they can be used as tools to prioritize restoration. 

    Garden Level Conference Room at the Civic Center Annex: 322 N. Commercial St., Bellingham.

  • Jul


    Cherry Point Beach Cleanup

    July 09

    Co-hosted by the Whatcom MRC. More information available as the date approaches. 

    Cherry Point, Whatcom County