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Building Collaboration with Coastal Managers and Volunteer Groups in Washington State

Scientists from the National Centers for Coastal and Ocean Science (NCCOS) met with staff from the Washington Dept. of Fish & Wildlife, Washington Sea Grant Office, Snohomish County Marine Resource Committee (MRC) and other tribal and volunteer groups in Seattle, WA. The primary purposes of the meeting included instruction of the NCCOS’s Mussel Watch Program field standard operation procedure, and more importantly the building of NOAA-State partnership in conducting a coordinated and cost effective Mussel Watch monitoring assessment in the State. Presently, under the leadership of Snohomish County, Washington Sea Grant, and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, trained citizen groups including the Stillaguamish and Tulalip Tribes are participating in Mussel Watch field activities. The Mussel Watch monitoring data are used by the state coastal managers and NOAA

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