Trapping at Clayton Beach. Antonio Jones (NWSC), Brooke Friesen (NWSF), Haley Sherman (NWSF), Mike Bartlett (Upper Skagit), Larry Peterson (Upper Skagit). Photo: Allie Simpson

Expanding European green crab trapping through collaboration

Northwest Straits Commission staff recently helped coordinate two new collaborative European green crab trapping efforts in Skagit County.

  • August 10-11: NW Straits Commission, NW Straits Foundation, and Upper Skagit Indian Tribe joined forces to set 30 traps at Clayton Beach and the neighboring Upper Skagit land.
  • August 22-25: NW Straits Commission helped coordinate a European green crab trapping survey of Fidalgo Bay Aquatic Reserve.700+ traps were set by 23 trappers from 9 organizations: NW Straits Commission, Padilla Bay Reserve, Puget Sound Corps, Samish Indian Nation, Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, Veterans Conservation Corps, WA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, WA Dept. of Natural Resources, and WA Sea Grant.

Fortunately, no European green crabs were captured during either effort! Click here to learn more about our green crab efforts.

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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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September 2022 Commission meeting

September 30

  • Natasha Cuomo

    Member Spotlight: Natasha Cuomo

  • Jefferson rain gardens are growing!

    Jefferson MRC

    Jefferson MRC hosted summer gardening events to water, weed, and monitor the 16 rain gardens throughout Port Townsend that they have planted over the years. Rain gardens filter stormwater runoff to remove contaminants before water enters the bay. The gardens also provide an educational opportunity for community members through signage that explain why the rain gardens were installed, how they work, and who maintains them.

    Volunteer maintenance includes weeding and mulching gardens to keep them thriving and functioning well. The MRC is also gearing up for installation of their newest garden later this month, planned for Port Hadlock to improve water quality entering South Port Townsend Bay. Click here to sign up to help plant the new rain garden. 

  • Fidalgo Bay Day fun for the family

    Skagit MRC

    Skagit MRC’s 18th annual Fidalgo Bay Day at Fidalgo Bay Resort was a great success with 20 participating organizations and activities for all ages. The event kicked off with a welcome from Samish Elder Rosie Cayou James and remarks by Jay Lind from Skagit MRC. 

    Crafts, interactive displays, and games drew people in to the booths, and a chowder competition among four local restaurants, Taylor Shellfish oysters, and a no-host salmon barbeque contributed a taste of the Salish Sea. Thanks to all the organizations and businesses that participated!

    Read more about the event and watch for the next one on Skagit MRC’s website

  • San Juan MRC shows off local conservation projects

    San Juan MRC

    San Juan MRC representatives recently hosted a site visit with Representative Rick Larsen at False Bay to share information with him about their work to conduct outreach to beach visitors about the biodiversity of the bay, why it is protected, the importance of eelgrass, and why visitors must keep their dogs on leash. The MRC also shared information about their monitoring efforts with Friday Harbor Labs, which is looking to better understand the growth of algae in the Bay.

    Representative Larsen spoke with them about ongoing marine resource conservation projects in the area and the MRC discussed how their federal funding supports their local projects. Learn more about San Juan MRC’s work in False Bay here.

Member Spotlight: Natasha Cuomo

Snohomish MRC

Natasha Cuomo was inspired to help restore and protect the environment after moving here from Macedonia and seeing the wealth of marine resources in the Pacific Northwest. She is a restoration ecologist representing the Tulalip Tribes on the Snohomish MRC. Her specialty is in restoring salmon habitat, especially Chinook and coho in estuaries and rivers.

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