Divers preparing to seed abalone, credit: Paul Dinnel

Skagit MRC Involved in Abalone Outplanting

In early March, Paul Dinnel of the Skagit Marine Resources Committee participated in an abalone seeding project near Cypress, Burrows and Allan Islands in Skagit County. Roughly 2,000 seeds were planted at six locations – two new sites and four established sites. Puget Sound Restoration Fund and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will continue monitoring the abalone for survival, growth and any signs of natural recruitment. This seeding effort was funded primarily by the Skagit MRC and Washington Department of Natural Resources with collaboration between the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, University of Washington and WWU's Shannon Point Marine Center. Learn more about the work of the Skagit MRC at www.skagitmrc.org.

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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Northwest Straits Commission Meeting - April

April 24

WebEx Conference Call

  • Member Spotlight: Tom Hoban

  • Report Card Time for Port Susan MSA

    Snohomish MRC

    The Snohomish MRC worked with over 30 partners to develop a Conservation Action Plan for Port Susan that identified six key strategies for ecosystem recovery in the Marine Stewardship Area (MSA). The final plan was adopted in 2012 and the MSA was officially designated by the Snohomish County Council in 2014.

    The MRC recently issued a report card that serves to review progress made on strategies identified in the Plan, reconnect project partners and galvanize new efforts. Project partners were interviewed to document progress made towards each of the six targets: embedded invertebrates, Dungeness crab, beaches and forage fish, deltas, shorebirds, and Chinook salmon. The report card has been distributed to project partners and is available on the MRC web site: www.snocomrc.org.

  • Marine Debris Donated to Art Festival

    During the week of March 9-12, our Marine Debris Program Assistant and Washington Conservation Corps Veteran Crews removed 5,040 pounds of plastic, Styrofoam, and creosote-treated wood from Skagit and Island County shorelines. The treated wood was taken to a local refuse transfer station and the remaining marine debris was donated to the Anacortes Arts Festival staff for a community-based art project called "Tide Craft" in which salvaged marine debris will be used to construct artwork. The collection of debris from beaches and waterways will be on display at the August 2015 festival and will provide an opportunity for the public to learn more about its impact on the environment. Learn more about our ongoing marine debris program on our web site.

  • Innovative Stormwater Treatment System

    Jefferson MRC

    Al Cairns, Port of Port Townsend's Environmental Compliance Officer, was Jefferson MRC's guest speaker at their February meeting. Al gave an update about the Port's new biochar and stormwater project. The Port and its community partners are testing new ways to filter out zinc, copper and other pollutants from metal roofs, galvanized chain-link fencing and boat maintenance projects in their Boat Haven marina. This work will benefit local marine waters and possibly enhance effectiveness of future MRC stormwater rain garden projects. For more information about this innovative project, visit the Jefferson MRC web site.

Member Spotlight: Tom Hoban

Snohomish MRC

Mr. Hoban's family has a generational history of living on the Puget Sound waterfront in Snohomish County. He has experience working for the Fish & Game Dept. in Alaska, was a Red Cross lifesaving instructor and a rescue swimmer while on active duty in the Coast Guard.

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Upcoming Events

  • Mar


    Marine Managers' Workshop

    March 26-March 27

    The San Juan MRC is hosting a two-day workshop for marine managers entitled, "Charting a Course Forward in the Salish Sea: Understanding Risks to San Juan County and the Gulf Islands from Increased Vessel Traffic."

    Friday Harbor, WA

  • Mar


    Fiero Speaker Series: Climate Resilience Strategies

    March 26
    6:30 pm

    Hansi Hals, Environmental Planning Program Manager for the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe, will present possible climate change impacts to vulnerable resources and actions to improve resiliency. Sponsored by the Clallam MRC.

    Feiro Marine Life Center

  • Mar


    Shoreline Landowner Workshops

    March 28

    Shoreline landowners in Northwest Straits communities are invited to attend a FREE workshop on shoreline erosion management. Click here to learn more.
    March 28, 2015 - Snohomish County, Stanwood Senior Center