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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: Lyn Muench

  • 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: Lyn Muench

Clallam MRC

Lyn Muench of the Clallam MRC came to the Olympic Peninsula by way of Bangladesh and nearly twenty years of living overseas in Africa and Asia. An article in the New York Times about the “blue hole” of clear skies over Sequim and a job starting an aquaculture business for the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe brought her here with her husband and daughters.

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Upcoming Events

  • Jun


    Guillemot Appreciation Days - Field Trip

    June 25
    8:00 AM

    Join Island MRC and other spectators to see first hand how special these birds are! Groups will meet at 8:00 AM to carpool to a local pigeon guillemot colony. 

    Trinity Lutheran Park and Ride, Freeland, WA

  • 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


    Cherry Point Beach Cleanup

    July 09

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

    Cherry Point, Whatcom County