The Washington Coastal Marine Advisory Council (WCMAC) will be holding their next meeting at the Port of Grays Harbor Commissioners Room on February 10th to further develop the states marine spatial plan (MSP).

WCMAC members include a wide range of stakeholder representatives, and the meetings are open to the public.

WCMAC members include a wide range of stakeholder representatives, and the meetings are open to the public.

The next WCMAC meeting will be:

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Location: Port of Grays Harbor Commissioners Chambers, 111 S. Wooding St. Aberdeen, WA

Download Full Agenda: 2 10 16 WCMAC Agenda Final Draft

This meeting includes further discussion on draft recommendations that will help to shape the marine spatial plan that is currently being drafted. Draft maps will be presented that include data sets collected for this process like fisheries log book data, recreational use data, and shipping routes. The meeting will also focus on the potential for additional seafloor mapping work to be done in collaboration with NOAA, more information can be found in this discussion guide: seafloor mapping discussion guide_021016_v4

Another important part of the meeting will focus on oil transportation and whether that will be included in the plan. There will be opportunities for public comment at the start and end of the meeting, this is a good opportunity to raise issues of concern or seek clarification on various topics. Recreational ocean users are represented on WCMAC by WA Coastal Program Manager Casey Dennehy, feel free to email him with any questions or input.