Six Years of Monitoring at Bowman Bay ends in December

Some of you might remember when we started monitoring at Bowman Bay prior to removing approximately 2,050 tons of armor stone. The construction and rebuild of the beach started in 2015 with hopes to restore natural erosion and sediment transport along and across the shoreline. This created a viable habitat for juvenile salmon and forage fish spawning. Our volunteers put in hundreds of hours over the last six years, collecting data to better understand how restoration has benefitted intertidal species and habitat.

Atwood Farm Brewery Donates Proceeds from Beer Brewed with Local Kelp

Be on the lookout for Atwood Ales’ new beer, A Kelping Hand. The Ale is made with local Salish Sea Bull Kelp harvested with NWSF staff. Proceeds benefit the Northwest Straits Foundation. Reviews about the beer include having a “mild seashore air saltiness.” A Kelping Hand can be found at Drayton Harbor Oyster Co. in Blaine, Elizabeth Station in Bellingham, the downtown Community Co-op in Bellingham, or ordered online directly through the brewery.

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.

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Thank You to Our Partners


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