State Ocean Caucus
The Governor's Office and state agencies work together,
prioritize activities and improve management of Washington’s
ocean resources through an interagency forum call the State
Ocean Caucus. The Caucus communicates and coordinates their work
with local, tribal, and regional governments, federal agencies,
business and environmental interests, academic institutions and
the general public.
State agencies working together:
Department of Ecology
- Protects, preserves and enhances Washington’s
environment, and promotes the wise management of our air,
land and water for the benefit of current and future
generations. Includes: water quality, pollution control, oil
spills, shoreline management, coastal erosion, flood
management, watersheds, and wetlands.
Department of Health
- Ensures fish and shellfish are safe to eat, beaches are
safe for swimming, and on-site sewage systems are properly
managed. Includes: biotoxins (Harmful Algal Blooms) and
contaminants in fish and shellfish, water quality at
recreational beaches, and wastewater treatment.
Department of Fish and Wildlife
- Conserves fish and wildlife and their habitats to
promote biodiversity and ensure sustainability into the
future. Includes: fish and shellfish harvest (commercial and
recreational fishing), derelict fishing gear, marine
wildlife, aquatic invasive species, and ballast water.
Department of Natural Resources
- Works on behalf of the people of the state to make sure
that the state's aquatic lands are productive, healthy, and
sustainably managed. Includes: derelict vessels, aquatic
reserves, nearshore habitat, harbors, and aquatic land
Emergency Management Division
- Works to minimize the impact of emergencies and
disasters on the people, property, environment, and economy
of Washington State.
State Parks and Recreation Commission
- Manages Seashore Conservation Area along the Washington
Coast and numerous marine access parks on the Washington’s
Coast and in Puget Sound, Strait of Juan de Fuca, and San
Juan Islands; provides marine interpretation, education, and
conservation programs to the public.
Washington Sea Grant
- Supports university-based research, outreach and
education - funds marine research, shares university
resources and expertise with local communities and
stakeholders, offers graduate fellowships and K-12 program
support, and communicates information to strengthen
understanding of the marine environment.