17th Annual MRC Conference

The 17th Annual Northwest Straits Initiative MRC Conference was held on November 6-7, 2015 at the Four Points by Sheraton.

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Field Trip - Weaverling Spit - Hosted by the Skagit MRC, Todd Woodard

Northwest Straits 101 - Ginny Broadhurst, Caroline Gibson

Puget Sound Shellfish Fisheries: Managing and Policing Harvest Grounds and Markets - Rich Childers and Mike Cenci, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Climate Change Adaptation in Puget Sound

Click here to listen to audio from this session (provided by Al Bergstein). 
Lara Whitely Binder, UW Climate Impacts Group
Kate Dean, North Olympic Development Council
Dr. Jamie Donatuto, Swinomish Indian Tribal Community

MRC Project Highlights

Clallam: Jeff Ward, Internship Program
NWSC: Sasha Horst, Social Media and You
Snohomish: Kathleen Herrmann, #CatchMoreCrabSnoCo

All hands on deck: cooperative research to Recover Puget Sound's rockfish - Kelly Andrews, NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center

Illuminating Data Needs in Puget Sound Nearshore - Dr. John Vavrinec, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

The Nearshore: Why We Care
Paul Schlenger, Confluence and Snohomish MRC
Jamey Selleck, Natural Resources Consultants and Skagit MRC
Dr. Megan Dethier, UW Friday Harbor Laboratories and San Juan MRC
Dr. Tom Good, NOAA, Northwest Fisheries Science Center

Kelp Mapping and Monitoring: MRC Progress to Date

Nearshore Restoration Priorities and Funding
Jay Krienitz, WA Department of Fish & Wildlife
Rich Carlson US Fish & Wildlife Service
Mike Ramsey, WA Recreation & Conservation Office

Vessel Traffic in the Salish Sea
Captain Joe Raymond, US Coast Guard
Stephanie Buffum, FRIENDS of the San Juans
Sara Thompson, WA Department of Ecology

MRC Awards - Prezi presentation