Final Report Released: Washington Ocean and Coastal Recreation Study

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​The Surfrider Foundation, in partnership with Point 97 and the state of Washington, recently completed a study on the non-consumptive recreational uses along Washington’s coast. Results show that survey respondents spent an average of $117.14 per coastal visit on things such as food, lodging, transportation, and shopping. Each year, recreation brings $481 million dollars to… Read more »

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 »

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 »

Q & A: Would a marine renewable energy project be allowed within the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary?

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Q: Would a marine renewable energy project be allowed within the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary (OCNMS or Sanctuary)? A: Unlikely at this time. Marine renewable energy projects are not explicitly prohibited by sanctuary regulations, but project components that would disturb or place a constructed object on the seafloor would require a sanctuary permit. OCNMS… Read more »