Protecting Puget Sound

This is a place that is rich in cultural and ecological heritage. It is also in need of continued care. As the non-profit partner in the Northwest Straits Initiative, we do this by removing lost and abandoned fishing gear that poses a hazard to people and marine wildlife, restoring local beaches and stabilizing bluffs, and increasing the capacity of local communities to protect marine resources.

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Our Impact

We foster collaboration and participation to restore and protect marine resources of the Northwest Straits.

870

acres of marine habitat restored

1,900

Volunteer Hours

5,900

derelict fishing nets removed

Beach & Nearshore
Restoration

We’re improving nearshore habitat for salmon, bull trout, and forage fish, upgrading public access, and increasing the beach’s resilience to climate change.

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Shoreline
Landowner Project

Approximately 27% of our region's shoreline is modified with armor. Reducing shoreline armoring is vital to restoring the health of the Northwest Strait’s ecosystem.

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Community
Engagement

Volunteers are our most valuable resource! Muddy boots, expert knowledge and boundless curiosity are intrinsic to the strong citizen science and marine stewardship that define the Northwest Straits Initiative. We love what we do, and anyone can participate.

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Derelict
Gear Program

By removing lost and abandoned crab pots, fishing nets, and other gear, our Derelict Fishing Gear program has helped restore more than 820 acres of precious marine environment, saving nearly 470,000 entangled animals annually.

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Special thanks to all our local MRC Members!

Cheers to another successful MRC Conference!

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Real, Measurable Results

The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever. -Jacques Yves Cousteau