Q & A: Why was the study area chosen?

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Q: Why was the study area chosen? A: The selection of the study area for the Marine Spatial Plan was guided by the criteria recommended by NOAA for establishing coastal effects from federal activities to Washington’s coastal resources or uses. In particular, the study area: Is based on where potential new federal activities are technically… Read more »

Q & A: What new or expanded uses are being researched for the plan?

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Q: What new or expanded uses are being researched for the plan? A: The marine spatial plan will address the following five potential uses in Washington’s marine waters: Marine renewable energy such as offshore wind, wave, or tidal. Dredge disposal in new locations. Aquaculture in new locations including offshore. Mining or mineral extraction. Marine product… Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Sector Analyses Reports Available

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We are excited to announce that the sector analyses final reports are available on the MSP Projects webpage. The reports describe current and potential future activities of marine sectors along the Washington coast and assess the potential conflicts with the development of other uses. Each report synthesizes information from publicly available sources and draws on… Read more »

“Come and Play” with Kevin

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Look for Washington Sea Grant‘s Kevin Decker at the Marine Spatial Planning booth at the 52nd annual Come and Play on Labor Day family fun event on Willapa Bay. Events include a Chinook Nation salmon bake, Kiddie Parade, football game, oyster cook-off, Chinook Indian Nation paddle in, softball tournament, grand parade, chowder and oyster cook-off,… Read more »