Giving Thanks for Seastars

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For the past year, anyone that notices changes in the marine waters has likely noticed dramatic changes to the sea stars along the west coast. Scientists and researchers have documented a rapid decline in important populations of sea stars. These populations have slowly succumbed to white lesions and eventually appear to melt to death. Cases… Read more »

Lessons Learned

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Are you curious about what other states have learned from their marine spatial plan? Have you ever wondered about gaps and opportunities in the planning processes? Well, you’re in luck! Jennifer McCann from Rhode Island Sea Grant led an initiative supported by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Coastal Resources Center to transfer… Read more »

The Season to Volunteer

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Do you enjoy walking on the beach? Are you interested in learning more about the marine natural resources in your area? Most of us appreciate long walks on the beach and seeing the sun peak through the clouds on a rainy day. November is the perfect time to show your volunteer spirit and head to… Read more »

How Does the Ocean Change With the Season?

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As you note changes in the land environment, you may also wonder how ocean conditions change with the seasons. New information from the School of Oceanography at the University of Washington use models and a variety of images to display the physical and chemical changes of Washington’s coastal waters throughout a typical year. These conditions… Read more »

The Coastal Economic Analysis Begins

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Cascade Economics out of Washougal, WA has been selected as the contractor to develop sound economic information through an economic analysis. The analysis will enable a deeper understanding of the elements of the ocean economy and assist in the development of Washington’s marine spatial plan. The contractor is planning to hold a scoping workshop for… Read more »

Mapping tool has new functions

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The Department of Natural Resources recently launched new features for the MSP interactive mapping tool. Now you can: View data related to sector themes (such as shipping), Find your location, Select any township, lat-long coordinate, or county and have the map immediately orient to that location. These new functions are intended to assist you to… Read more »

Welcome Kelsey Gianou

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We would like to welcome Kelsey Gianou to the Washington State Department of Ecology and Marine Spatial Planning team as an Environmental Planner. Kelsey will be researching and summarizing information on topics for the plan, writing sections and chapters of the draft plan, and analyzing relevant policies for the Marine Spatial Plan and the planning… Read more »

Welcome Kevin Decker

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We would like to welcome Kevin Decker to the Washington Sea Grant Marine Spatial Planning team as the Coastal Outreach Specialist. In the past, Kevin served on the Board of Directors for the Idaho Wildlife Federation and sat as an advisory council member for the Treasure Valley Comprehensive Aquifer Management Plan. Kevin has a background… Read more »

Surfrider Foundation launches recreational use survey along Washington coast

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The Surfrider Foundation launched a survey to document the recreational use of Washington’s coast to assist with future planning of Washington’s coast. The study will document the location and type of public recreation from Ilwaco to Port Angeles and provide better estimates of the value of recreation to the state’s economy. The survey aims to… Read more »

Human uses data from NOAA/BOEM workshops

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We are excited to announce that the Human Uses Participatory Mapping data is up and running on the MSP mapping application! The workshops were used to collect spatial data on the full range of human uses of the ocean through consultation with use experts, community stakeholders, and cultural use practitioners. Through the workshops and data… Read more »