20th Annual Northwest Straits Initiative conference

The Northwest Straits Initiative hosted its 20th annual Marine Resources Committee conference at Fort Worden on November 16-17, 2018.

Click here to view the web page for more information, which we'll continue to update over the next few weeks.  

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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  • Goodbye to Terry Stevens

    Northwest Straits Commission

    After 35 years, the Padilla Bay Reserve is saying farewell to Director Terry Stevens. Terry joined the Reserve in 1983, just months after it was officially founded by NOAA. Terry was part of building the Reserve from the ground up and acquiring thousands of acres of tide flats to expand the reserve boundaries.

    In 1998, Terry played a key role in launching the Northwest Straits Initiative, at the request of U.S. Sen. Patty Murray and former U.S. Rep. Jack Metcalf. He stepped forward to provide an administrative home for the new Initiative, providing critical support and guidance as the Initiative got on its feet. Terry made space for and hired the first staff of the Commission, and for these past 20 years he has helped with the administration of the Northwest Straits Commission within the state Department of Ecology. Terry was also instrumental in establishing the Northwest Straits Foundation in 2002.

    When asked what he is looking forward to in retirement, Terry says that he plans to stay active with state and local conservation organizations so that he can continue contributing to the protection of our aquatic resources. He also would "like to go catch some of them!"

    Please join us in thanking Terry for all he has done to help the Northwest Straits Initiative succeed!

  • Island MRC wants you to fall in love with their nearshore!


    Watch their short video of some of the Island MRC members and partners share their connection to the local marine environment, and how we all play a role in protecting and preserving this area that we love!

    If you are inspired to get involved and live in Island County, there is an open seat on the MRC! You can be a part of the work to care for our treasured natural resources. Find more information and an application on their website.

  • MyCoast launch


    Have you ever been on the beach looking at a derelict boat or a pile of creosote debris and wondered where to report it, or been out stormwatching and wanted to share your view of the local storm surge? This month, we're excited to announce the statewide launch of MyCoast - a free smartphone app that allows anyone to snap a photo and submit a report. MyCoast provides a portal for people who visit the beach to catalog shoreline photos and observations that help guide future restoration and protection efforts.

    This past week, local users posted reports of king tides as some of the highest tides of the year were happening. Another reporting tool allows users to contribute to a time-lapse photo series of selected beaches. New beaches are being added to the list regularly, if you don't yet see one in your area.

    The Snohomish MRC worked with MyCoast to develop the reporting tools most relevant in the Salish Sea, and the Department of Natural Resources recently made it possible to take the app statewide. Washington Sea Grant, US Geological Survey and the Northwest Straits Initiative are all partners in making use of the information contributed.

    Before your next trip to the beach, download the app on Google play or the iPhone app store. You can read more about MyCoast at https://mycoast.org/wa, or follow MyCoast on Twitter to see local reports and photos.

Member Spotlight: Patti Gobin

San Juan MRC

Patti Gobin has over 25 years of Community Development experience with the Tulalip Tribes. Presently, Ms. Gobin is with the Natural Resource Treaty Rights office working with state, local and federal agencies regarding those issues that impact the life ways of the Tulalip Tribes. In addition to her years of experience, Ms. Gobin is a member of the Tulalip Tribes and is well versed in the culture and history of her people. Her personal goal is to invest in the future of the Coast Salish community, helping to affect a sustainable future for the next generations to come.

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