11th Annual Fidalgo Bay Day
Skagit MRC and their partners held the 11th annual Fidalgo Bay Day on Saturday, September 13, hosted by the Samish Indian Nation at their beachfront convention center. This one-day event is held annually to increase public awareness of the marine environment and encourage people to become good stewards of Fidalgo Bay and the Salish Sea. Over 330 participants attended, with local residents joined by visitors from near and far. Displays and demonstrations organized as part of National Estuaries Day were set up along the Tommy Thompson trail leading to the Fidalgo Bay event.
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Northwest Straits Commission Meeting, October
Marine Debris Removal Program UpdateClallam MRC
In mid-July, the Northwest Straits Commission partnered with the Washington Conservation Corps (WCC), Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe and Jefferson Land Trust to remove accumulations of marine debris from Sequim and Quilcene Bays. The WCC Veteran's Crew removed 2,160 pounds of debris including oyster seed bags, shellfish aquaculture nets, large styrofoam blocks, and car tires used as shoreline armoring. Special thanks to Jefferson County MRC member Ralph Riccio for coordinating project logistics.
Our Marine Debris Program Coordinator Paul Argites is always on the lookout for new project sites. If you know of a Puget Sound beach in need of cleanup work please contact Paul Argites or (360) 853-5387. More information about the Marine Debris Program can be found on our web site.
Discovery Bay Olympia Oyster RelocationJefferson MRC
Volunteers from the Jefferson MRC, Beach Watchers and WDFW relocated more than 5,000 oysters in an Olympia oyster "rescue mission" on June 25th, to move them out of harm's way prior to a major nearshore restoration project. The volunteers collected the old shells and rocks the oysters were attached to within the proposed construction zone, and placed them into tidal channels that would not be disturbed during the construction phase.
The project involves removing riprap and an old creosote railroad trestle as well as lowering the height of the railroad berm to allow tidal overwash into the adjacent lagoon, to enhance habitat for salmon and forage fish. Restoration work at the site is being led by the North Olympic Salmon Coalition. More information can be found on the Maynard Beach Restoration project page.
MRC Picnic and Meadowdale Restoration Site VisitSnohomish MRC
Last month, Snohomish MRC combined their annual picnic with a field visit to Meadowdale Park, where the MRC is teaming up with the Snohomish County Parks Department to conduct a feasibility study to look at a variety of options to improve public access to the beach, and improve fish and nearshore habitat. Currently both people and fish have to travel through a culvert under the railroad tracks to access the beach.
Snohomish County Councilmember Stephanie Wright attended the tour along with Snohomish County Park Director, Tom Teigen, and Park Staff Logan Daniels and Sharon Swan. Ranger Doug Dailer was also at the event to help coordinate logistics and provide local knowledge. Councilmember Wright expressed appreciation for the work of the MRC to help move important nearshore projects, such as this one, forward.
Member Spotlight: Keeley O'ConnellSnohomish MRC
Ms. O’Connell is a restoration ecologist with People For Puget Sound. She has over six years of professional experience developing and coordinating habitat restoration projects and education programs in the nearshore environment of Puget Sound.Continue Reading »
Ocean Health Forum
NOAA, Puget Sound Restoration Fund and Climate Action Committee will be represented. Free public event, see flyer for more details.
Northwest Maritime Center, Port Townsend, WA
Northwest Straits Commission Meeting, October
The Symposium will bring together researchers, managers, and interested citizens to broaden our understanding of the vital resource that is Bellingham Bay and explore opportunities to enhance communication/coordination in order to protect it for future generations. FREE but limited to first 150 people. See web site for more details and registration.
Bellingham Cruise Terminal, Fairhaven