Lucas Hart, NWSC staff, describing the Jefferson MRC raingarden project on the Leadership Council field trip. Photo: Caroline Gibson

Leadership Council briefing and field trip

The Northwest Straits Commission shared project examples from seven Marine Resources Committees and stressed the importance of stewardship in the recovery of Puget Sound to the Puget Sound Partnership's Leadership Council at their meeting in Port Townsend April 28. An evening field trip highlighted Jefferson MRC raingardens and eelgrass protection zones.

The Northwest Straits Commission has released our 2015 Annual Report! Click here to read the full document.

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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June NWSC Meeting

June 24

Snohomish County Admin Building, Snohomish County

  • Member Spotlight: Alan Clark

  • Chuckanut clam collaboration connects community

    Whatcom MRC

    This month Whatcom MRC and their project partners hit the beach to dig for clams in North Chuckanut Bay to learn about the health of local shellfish. Many thanks to all the volunteers, teachers and parents who participated!

    To learn more about the work of the Whatcom MRC on shellfish and clams, click here.

  • Dinner in the mud?

    Jefferson MRC

    Jefferson MRC recently co-hosted their annual Diggin’ for Dinner event at Oak Bay County Park. Enthusiastic attendees for this "no experience required" event gathered on the beach on a sunny Saturday to dig for shellfish and listen to Camille "Clamzilla" Speck and Doug Rogers, shellfish biologists with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, share their expertise.

  • Congratulations to Jamey and Nan!

    Northwest Straits Commission

    At the April Commission meeting, Nan McKay and Jamey Selleck were elected to serve as Commission Chair and Vice-Chair respectively.

Member Spotlight: Alan Clark

Clallam MRC

A person might wonder how a kid from the land-locked state of Oklahoma finds his way to a career in marine biology, but Ed Bowlby was inspired early on by the work of Jacques Cousteau. One thing led to another, and he made his way to California and then traveled further north along the Pacific to work in Seattle and Alaska.

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Upcoming Events

  • Jun


    Public Speaker Series: Common Sense Approaches to Economic/Environmental Conflicts

    June 02
    4:00 PM

    This is a FREE event.

    Speaker: Leah Bendell, Marine Ecology

    Join Whatcom MRC, WWIN and Huxley College of the Environment for a talk on resolving local marine-based issues.

    Western Washington University campus, room- CF 110, Bellingham, WA

  • Jun


    Jefferson Beach Walks

    June 04-June 05

    The MRC, Northwest Straits Foundation and WA State Parks are restoring shoreline habitat and improving public access to the beach at Fort Townsend State Park this summer.

    The MRC will host two FREE Beach Walk events. 

    Fort Townsend State Park, Jefferson County

  • Jun


    Beach Naturalist at Washington Park

    June 18
    9:00 AM-12:00 PM

    Join Skagit MRC as they help explorers interpret beach life at low tide!

    Washington Park, Anacotres, WA