Marine spatial plan adopted to protect our coastal resources

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Did you know that only four Washington counties – Clallam, Grays Harbor, Jefferson and Pacific – have marine shorelines on the Pacific Ocean? Together, these four jurisdictions account for 331,000 acres of marine waters and have 157 miles of open ocean coastline. Our coastal communities and coastal Indian tribes have a rich history and maintain… Read more »

Washington State Releases Draft Marine Spatial Plan

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On behalf of the state interagency team, Department of Ecology is releasing the Draft Marine Spatial Plan for Washington’s Pacific Coast for review and comment by interested parties, agencies, and tribes. The comment period runs through December 12, 2017. The draft plan provides information on ocean uses and resources and a framework for evaluating proposed… Read more »

New Habitat Framework Products Available

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The Hoh, Makah, Quileute Tribes and the Quinault Indian Nation, in collaboration with the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, and NOAA Fisheries, recently released several products in support of their ongoing Habitat Framework Initiative. This project aims to improve the understanding and management of marine resources and ecosystems off Washington’s… Read more »

MSP Preliminary Draft Documents Available

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The Preliminary Draft Marine Spatial Plan is now available! These preliminary documents are intended to provide key stakeholders and tribes an opportunity to conduct an early review of the plan and provide feedback to state agencies on plan content. A formal draft is currently expected to be released for public comment in May. The preliminary… Read more »

Member Spotlight: Alla Weinstein

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Alla Weinstein WCMAC Energy Industry Seat Alla is a renewable energy entrepreneur. She is also a founder of Trident Winds, LLC, a project development company works to provide deep-water offshore wind solutions. Alla is a former Founder, Chief Executive Officer and President of Principle Power Inc, a deep water offshore wind technology company. She successfully… Read more »

Member Spotlight: Sally Toteff

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Sally Toteff WCMAC Ecology Seat Sally is the regional director for the Washington State Department of Ecology’s Southwest and Olympic Peninsula Region. She grew up on the lower Columbia River and has spent her career working on environmental and natural resource issues in local and state governments as well as the private sector. Sally has… Read more »

Member Spotlight: David Fluharty

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David Fluharty Education institution Dave is an associate professor at the University of Washington School of Marine and Environmental Affairs (SMEA). He has spent a lifetime researching marine issues, educating future marine professionals, and committing himself to public service. Dave teaches specialized courses in marine protected area management, marine spatial planning, U.S. fisheries management and… Read more »

Marxan Workshop Materials

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Thanks to many of you who were able to join the Spatial Analysis Workshop. If you were unable to attend or are looking for more information about what was discussed, some materials are available here for you. Marxan Overview Marxan Presentation Renewable Energy Examples Small Group Handout Full Video Additionally, the PNNL report was referenced… Read more »

Graduate student completes a spatial analysis for Washington’s waters

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Mikaela Freeman, a graduate from the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs at the University of Washington recently published an article in Marine Policy. The study creates a marine potential conflict index to assess potential conflicts between current marine uses. It also identifies the marine uses that have the highest potential conflict with one another… Read more »

Olympic Coast Survey and Data Collection for Multiple Uses

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Read NOAA Coast Survey’s blog post about how the seafloor and water column data from the coast of Washington is now being collected by NOAA’s Ship Rainier high priority data areas. These areas were selected in a seafloor mapping prioritization exercise in 2014. A group of state and federal managers, tribal governments, and academia delineated… Read more »