Tourism: Exploring Washington’s Baseline Conditions

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Join the Surfrider Foundations’ Washington Policy Manager, Gus Gates, for a presentation of the results of the Surfrider and Point 97 project to collect a baseline characterization of coastal and ocean recreational use patterns. What: Learn about the coastal and ocean recreational activities along the Washington coast. Discuss where speciic activities typically take place. View… Read more »

Q&A: How does the adaptive management strategy work?

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Q: How does the adaptive management strategy work? A: The marine spatial plan uses the best currently available data to make recommendations and guidelines. However, as new data and information about the marine environment and specific project proposals are available, these will need to be considered in marine planning decisions. Significant changes to information could… Read more »

Q&A: Why is there a significant focus on marine renewable energy?

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Q: Why is there a significant focus on marine renewable energy?   A: Several years ago, developers interested in pursuing marine renewable energy began seeking permits and licenses for this activity for various areas in Washington’s marine waters and elsewhere in the nation. Stakeholders, agencies and others were concerned that there wasn’t process in place… Read more »

Ecological Indicator Results Presentation

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Join Washington Sea Grant and NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center for a presentation on Washington’s ecological indicators. Fisheries research biologist, Kelly Andrews, will present on the methodology and development of ecological indicators. What: Ecological indicators provide a way to monitor the overall health of an ecosystem The results of the project were a compilation of… Read more »

Learn How Marine Spatial Planning Works

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Our ocean is a busy place. Many users, from beach dwellers to shellfish growers, fishermen to shipping operators, share the marine waters and public access. Marine spatial planning balances these interests and anticipates potential new uses while protecting sustainable practices and preserving healthy ecosystems.   Join Washington Sea Grant and the state’s natural resources agencies… Read more »

Social Indicators Workshops & Marine Resources Committee Meetings

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Join the Grays Harbor Marine Resources Committee meeting for a presentation from and discussion hosted by Washington Sea Grant’s social scientist, Melissa Poe. When/Where: April 14 at the Grays Harbor Marine Resources Committee Meeting at 3:30pm. What: Learn about the human well-being assessment project methods. Discuss the draft conceptual model results for Grays Harbor County,… Read more »

Social Indicators Workshops & Marine Resources Committee Meetings

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Join the coastal Marine Resources Committees for a presentation from and discussion hosted by Washington Sea Grant’s social scientist, Melissa Poe. What: Learn about the human well-being assessment project methods. Discuss the draft conceptual model results, which were built from an analysis of 2012-2013 stakeholder workshop notes. Provide input on the suite of indicators that… Read more »

How Much Money do Washington Residents Spend on Recreation?

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The Surfrider Foundations’ Washington Policy Manager, Gus Gates, will present the results of the Surfrider and Point 97 project to collect a baseline characterization of coastal and ocean recreational use patterns. The recreational use survey polled coastal and ocean recreation users to summarize the intensity of specific recreational activities along the Washington coast. The results… Read more »

Q & A: What are some of the lessons learned from other planning processes?

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Q: What are some of the lessons learned from other planning processes? A: In 2009, an international workshop hosted by The Nature Conservancy documented the best practices for healthy ocean planning. Since then, many more lessons have been learned within different regions of the country. Ocean planning best practices include: Using existing boundaries that cover… Read more »

Q & A: It seems like there should be other fishing data available on the map viewer. Why don’t I see it there?

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Q: It seems like there should be other fishing data available on the map viewer. Why don’t I see it there? A: To protect the livelihood of commercial fishers providing the information. Washington State Law exempts some commercial fishing data from public disclosure if the release of the data would result in an unfair disadvantage… Read more »