Progress continues thru the Washington Coastal Marine Advisory Council (WCMAC) to develop a marine spatial plan for the outer coast. The upcoming mapping workshop will take a deeper dive into some of the data layers that will be used developing the plan.

Recreational hotspots are one of many data layers that are being utilized into shaping recommendations for what additional new uses might be compatible along Washington's coast.

Recreational hotspots are one of many data layers that are being utilized into shaping recommendations for what additional new uses might be compatible along Washington’s coast.

May 26, 2016 1:00- 4:00 pm
Venue: Grays Harbor College Address: Room 4134 A & B, Aberdeen, WA

Join John Pierce, Senior Scientist for Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife, and WCMAC members for a Spatial Analysis Workshop on May 26 from 1-4pm to delve into more detail on how the Marxan tool can support the Marine Spatial Planning spatial recommendations. In preparation for the workshop, staff are revising and adding some scenarios for illustrative purposes.

Draft scenarios include:

Sensitive areas (species, habitats)
Crab fishing and crab special management areas
High intensity uses (with and without the Sanctuary)
High intensity fishing areas (with and without tug/towboat crabber lanes)

Participants will get a refresher on the initial scenarios, but should be prepared to discuss details such as:

-What existing data would you like to include or prioritize in the analysis?
-How data should the data be incorporated in new or existing scenarios?
Here’s a link to John’s presentation during April’s WCMAC meeting.

Can’t attend in person but want to stay in touch?
RSVP to Libby.Whiting@dnr.wa.gov and we can make sure you’re all set.
GoToMeeting participant link
Meeting ID and Access code: 466-738-424
Call in for audio: 619-550-0004