New Passport to Marine Adventure Phone App

It’s fun and free for the whole family. As spring and summer calls us outdoors, our Passport provides an engaging way to explore the beautiful shores and bays of the Salish Sea.

It’s simple: grab your family or friends; pick a site on our easy-to-use game app; and chart a course for adventure. Along your journey, you’ll learn about marine wildlife, coastal habitat and the Salish Sea. You’ll see breathtaking vistas and be inspired by this unique place we call home. Click here to learn more!

2021 Annual Report

We are pleased to share our 2021 annual program report. It covers our programs and accomplishments for last year. Many of the projects presented are multi-year, so as you read about them you gain a glimpse into what we’re doing this year too. Click here to view the Annual Report.


The Northwest Straits Foundation, a Salish
Sea conservation organization, raises funds
to support locally-driven marine restoration,
stewardship and education programs.

Our award-winning projects in nearshore
habitat restoration and derelict gear removal
have restored the coastal environment in
Washington’s seven Northwestern counties.

seal of transparency 2018 Gold


Caroline Gibson Scholarship

Get Involved

We work alongside citizen volunteers to collect meaningful scientific data to better understand the health of our shorelines and the physical and biological responses to the shoreline restoration efforts.

What we do

We play a vital role in the Northwest Straits Initiative; leveraging funding for, and collaboration in, conservation and restoration projects that are important to our communities.

Our Impact 

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

Acres of marine habitat restored

Volunteer hours

Derelict fishing nets removed

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.

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.

Shore Friendly – Shoreline Landowner Program

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.

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.

Story Map

Thank You to Our Partners


Northwest Straits Foundation
1155 N State St Ste 400
Bellingham WA 98225
(360) 733-1725