2019 MRC Conference

November 15-16, 2019

Agenda: Click here a copy of the agenda. Check back for presentations, photos and other post-conference information.

Presentations and audio/video will be shared where possible. Click the session title below to view. If the session you're interested in is not linked, check back for updates over the next few weeks. 


Field trip: Howarth Park - Hosted by the Snohomish MRC, led by Bob Hillman

MRC Project Slideshow - Each MRC submitted 3-slides on each project they wanted to share with others. The slides were compiled and presented as a slideshow throughout the event. 

Northwest Straits 101 - Dr. Lucas Hart, Director, Northwest Straits Commission and Don Hunger, Executive Director, Northwest Straits Foundation

Tying it all together: the impact of our collective actions - Dr. Tessa Francis, Puget Sound Institute; Dr. Ron Thom, Northwest Straits Commission; Dr. Tom Mumford, Marine Agronomics. Click here to view the draft model produced and shared the morning of day two of the conference. 

Musings on habitat loss and restoration in Puget Sound - Dr. Tish Conway-Cranos, WA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife

Lessons learned from painting Fishes of the Salish Sea - Ray Troll, Artist. Click here to view an interactive display of "Fishes of the Salish Sea". 

Remarks from Senator Liz Lovelett

Podcast: OCTOPOD, Open Communications for The OceanRaye Evrard and Allie Brown


Welcome – Chairman Shawn Yanity, Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians

Environmental Leadership Award - Dr. Ron Thom

Deep Time and the Salish Sea - Dr. Kirk Johnson, Sant Director, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History


Tying it all together summary results - Dr. Tessa Francis, Puget Sound Institute

Building community connections - Cheryl Lowe, Jefferson MRC staff;
Rebecca Benjamin, North Olympic Salmon Coalition; Dr. Julia Parrish, UW Coastal Observation & Seabird Survey Team

Remarks from Representative Debra Lekanoff

Climate change and the blue carbon revolution - Dr. John Rybczyk, Western Washington University. Dr. Rybczyk shared a presentation and a link to a short video on blue carbon. Click here to watch the video.

Remarks from US Representative Suzan DelBene

Transboundary cooperation in killer whale conservation - Dr. Rob Williams, Oceans Initiative

MRC Awards - presented by Nan McKay, Northwest Straits Commission/Foundation and Anne Murphy, President, Northwest Straits Foundation. 


Check back as more photos are added. If you have photos from the event that you'd like to share, please contact Sasha Horst.