Q & A: What current uses will be included in the plan?

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Q: What current uses will be included in the plan? A: A wide range of important coastal and ocean uses currently occur on Washington’s coast such as fishing, shipping, recreation, shellfish aquaculture, and military training. Understanding these current uses is critical to plan for the future. As part of the marine spatial planning process, several… Read more »

Q & A: What is the study area for the plan?

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Q: What is the study area for the plan? A: The study area for Washington’s Marine Spatial Plan is approximately 7,700 square miles and includes: Washington’s marine waters along the Pacific Ocean from Cape Flattery south to Cape Disappointment and from ordinary high water out to offshore areas. The estuaries along the coast such as… Read more »

Q & A: What are the goals of the plan?

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Q: What are the goals of the plan? A: The goals will help guide the overall planning process but do not alter the requirements in the law (RCW 43.372). The planning process will work to achieve all these goals in the final plan. Overarching goal: To ensure a resilient and healthy marine ecosystem on Washington’s… Read more »

Giving Thanks for Seastars

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For the past year, anyone that notices changes in the marine waters has likely noticed dramatic changes to the sea stars along the west coast. Scientists and researchers have documented a rapid decline in important populations of sea stars. These populations have slowly succumbed to white lesions and eventually appear to melt to death. Cases… Read more »

Lessons Learned

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Are you curious about what other states have learned from their marine spatial plan? Have you ever wondered about gaps and opportunities in the planning processes? Well, you’re in luck! Jennifer McCann from Rhode Island Sea Grant led an initiative supported by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Coastal Resources Center to transfer… Read more »

The Season to Volunteer

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Do you enjoy walking on the beach? Are you interested in learning more about the marine natural resources in your area? Most of us appreciate long walks on the beach and seeing the sun peak through the clouds on a rainy day. November is the perfect time to show your volunteer spirit and head to… Read more »

What Do You Do at the Beach?

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In May, the Surfrider Foundation launched a survey to document the recreational use of Washington’s coast to assist with future planning of Washington’s coast. So far, over 280 surveys have been voluntarily completed. The survey closes on October 31, 2014 so be sure to fill it out yourself and encourage anyone who recreates on the… Read more »

How Does the Ocean Change With the Season?

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As you note changes in the land environment, you may also wonder how ocean conditions change with the seasons. New information from the School of Oceanography at the University of Washington use models and a variety of images to display the physical and chemical changes of Washington’s coastal waters throughout a typical year. These conditions… Read more »

Fish N Brew in Forks

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Join Heritage Days “Fish N Brew” annual event at the Roundhouse in Forks. Locally caught fish and homemade brews may be entered into the competition at noon. Bring your best or most creative dish for a sure shot at the People’s Choice awards with past favorites including salmon chowder, smoked salmon, and salmon ice cream…. Read more »

Where’s Kevin?

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This weekend, look for Washington Sea Grant staff member, Kevin Decker at the 9th annual Chehalis Watershed Festival. Come to the Morrison Riverfront Park and Rotary Log Pavilion for live music all day, a salmon bake, watershed friendly gardening tips, and a chance to climb inside a 28 foot salmon! Find Kevin and chat a… Read more »