Strait of Juan de Fuca Geographic Response Plan (STR-GRP)

The Strait of Juan de Fuca is located in the northwest corner of Washington State along the U.S./Canadian border. The Strait is a deep water body connecting the Pacific Ocean and the inland waters of Washington State. It is generally divided into two sub regions: the outer strait - west of Ediz Hook - and the inner strait.

The outer strait supports significant populations of groundfish, clams, shrimp, sea urchins, and Dungeness crab, as well as other fisheries resources. The inner strait is also very productive and species-rich area, supporting large populations of birds, mammals, fish, and shellfish. It is one of the major habitats for marine birds on the Pacific coast of North America. Local economies are based primarily on natural resource use and tourism.

View the Strait of Juan de Fuca GRP  (November 2011) (PDF 17.9 MB)

Interim Updates

In between plan updates, GRP strategies are tested during drills and actual spill events. The results of these tests may require changes to certain response strategies, notification strategies, staging areas, or boat launch locations. Eventually, these changes will be fully incorporated into the plan. Until that time, please use the updated strategy and information sheets below in lieu of that provided for similarly numbered locations in the published plan.

No interim updates currently available

How to Comment

If you have any questions or comments, suggestions for improvement, or find errors in this document please submit comments online at, email them to us at, or forward them via U.S. Mail to the following agencies:

United States Coast Guard
Sector Puget Sound
Incident Management Division
1519 Alaskan Way S
Building 4/IMD
Seattle, WA 98134-1192

Washington State Department of Ecology
Spill Prevention, Preparedness, and Response (GRPs)
P.O. Box 47600
Olympia, WA 98504-7600