The following are ocean-related efforts at the local,
federal, tribal, regional and international level. For links to relevant state programs and agencies, please
visit the State
Ocean Caucus page.
Local efforts in Washington
Marine Resource Committees - Citizen-based Marine Resource
Committees (MRCs) are an effective mechanism to harness the
dedication, creativity, and wisdom of coastal residents to
compliment ongoing efforts to restore, protect, and manage
coastal marine resources. The MRC program on Washington’s outer
coast is administered by Washington Department of Fish and
- Northwest Straits
Initiative - a federally funded program established in 1998,
supports citizen-based Marine Resource Committees in seven
northern Puget Sound counties.
- Olympic Harmful
Algal Bloom Partnership (ORHAB)- a partnership dedicated to
improving knowledge, management, and mitigation of harmful algal
bloom (HAB) impacts on coastal fishery resources on the Olympic
- Olympic Coast Intergovernmental Policy Council – a
council comprised of four coastal treaty tribes and Washington
state that acts as a collaborative forum for exchanging
information and providing policy recommendations for management
of marine resources on the Olympic Coast and in the Olympic
Coast National Marine Sanctuary.
- Olympic Natural
Resource Center (ONRC)– a University of Washington research
center based in Forks that focuses on research about forestry
and marine resources.
Clean Coast Alliance – a group comprised of nonprofits,
community groups, and government agencies all working together
to support the CoastSavers program, which seeks to empower
concerned citizens to combat marine debris in a variety of ways.
Federally managed areas on Washington's outer coast
US Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Wildlife Refuges
West Coast, interstate and international efforts
- Pacific Ballast
Water Work Group – a regional group of state, federal, and
international agencies that promote development and
implementation of safe, economical, effective management of
aquatic nuisance species associated with West Coast shipping.
Pacific Coast Collaborative – an agreement among the
jurisdictions of California, Oregon, Washington, British
Columbia and Alaska, which contains joint activities on ocean
States-British Columbia Oil Spill Task Force
- Lower Columbia River Estuary
Partnership – one of 28 programs in the National Estuary
Program is a two-state, public-private initiative that
implements the conservation and management plan for the Lower
Columbia Solutions Group - a bi-state partnership convened
in 2002 by the governors of Oregon and Washington as a
collaborative forum for sediment management solutions.
- West Coast Governors' Agreement
on Ocean Health – a proactive, regional collaboration
launched by the governors of California, Oregon, and Washington
to protect and manage the ocean and coastal resources along the
entire West Coast.
Fishery management groups
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife represents the state
on these various regional fishery management Commissions and
Other federal programs
Jennifer Hennessey, 360-407-6595
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