Conway student analyzing data from forage fish surveys. Photo: Annie England

Kids on the Beach

In October, Skagit MRC welcomed 60 8th-grade students from Conway for an engaging educational experience. The students were immersed in a comprehensive curriculum covering forage fish and estuarine food webs. They also learned about forming hypotheses and generating experiment ideas. On October 4th, the students actively participated in forage fish surveys at Fidalgo Bay. After their fieldwork, they spent two days in the classroom, analyzing data and crafting presentations based on their findings. 

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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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December 2023 NW Straits Commission Meeting

December 08

Virtual on Zoom

  • Member Spotlight: Phil Green

  • Orca Recovery Events


    Clallam MRC is pleased to report that 279 individuals participated in Orca Recovery Events in October & November!  

    Event partners included Clallam County Marine Resources Committee, Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, and the Port Angeles Garden Club. Together they hosted five educational programs and two volunteer restoration events throughout the Olympic Peninsula to bring awareness to the plight of the Southern Resident killer whales, and aid in salmon recovery. 

  • Monitoring forage fish spawning

    Jefferson MRC

    Jefferson MRC conducted its ninth year of monitoring forage fish spawning activity at Fort Townsend with surveys in October and November 2023.

    Forage fish play a crucial role in marine ecosystems, serving as a primary food source for various species and contributing to the overall health of coastal environments. Jefferson MRC volunteers monitor various sites for forage fish spawning activity in partnership with

    Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife.

  • Mussel Watch

    Whatcom MRC

    Mussel Watch a monitoring project led by Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife (WDFW) harnesses the power of citizen science volunteers to assess nearshore contamination in Puget Sound. WDFW staff and local volunteers place mussel cages at monitoring sites throughout Puget Sound, where the mussels feed for several months. When the mussels are retrieved, they are subjected to contaminant analysis. The outcomes of this collection and testing program helps to identify specific contaminant hot spots and evaluate the effectiveness of ongoing efforts to mitigate them over time.

    Whatcom MRC recently deployed two mussel cages at Birch Bay on November 13.

    Snohomish MRC also recently deployed mussel cages at eight locations on November 13. These cages will be retrieved in early 2024.

Member Spotlight: Phil Green

San Juan MRC

Phil Green joined the San Juan MRC in August, 2013 though he has been attending MRC meetings regularly for many years. Born and raised in Massachusetts, Phil made his way to Washington State in 1973 for a job with the National Park Service.

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Upcoming Events

  • Dec


    December 2023 NW Straits Commission Meeting

    December 08
    10 AM-12 PM

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  • Jan


    January 2024 NW Straits Commission Meeting

    January 26
    10 AM-12 PM

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  • Feb


    February 2024 NW Straits Commission Meeting

    February 23
    10 AM-3 PM

    Padilla Bay Stevens Center - 10381 Bayview Edison Road Mount Vernon