Port Susan Marine Stewardship Area

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The Nature Conservancy has identified the Port Susan Bay Ecosystem as a priority conservation area of high biodiversity importance (Floberg et al. 2004). Since 2007, work has been underway to develop a Port Susan Marine Stewardship Area (MSA) through a partnership between the Snohomish County Marine Resources Committee and Island County Marine Resources Committee, Tulalip Tribes, Stillaguamish Tribe, The Nature Conservancy, WSU Extension of Snohomish and Island Counties and Washington Sea Grant Program (with support from the Northwest Straits Commission).

Designating a Port Susan Marine Stewardship Area (PSMSA) and adopting a community based marine stewardship plan will define a community vision for enhanced stewardship of Port Susan. This will lead to a greater understanding of the marine environment and ensure Port Susan continues to provide diverse benefits for all people. Enhanced stewardship will encourage protection of marine resources through education, citizen science, voluntary measures, increased communications and partnerships, strong leadership and coordinated enforcement of existing regulation.