Together with the communities that depend upon the Pacific Ocean and Puget Sound, we are advancing marine conservation that engages people while protecting nature.

From the shoreline’s edge to thousands of feet below, the wild waters that border Washington boast fascinating animals, plants, currents and geology. This vibrant ecosystem is also one of Earth's most productive, but it is increasingly vulnerable. 

Many threats to our world’s oceans--such as ocean acidification, climate change and population growth--extend across ecosystems and communities. The good news is that, through these connections, local efforts can inform global progress.

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Oceans are critical to our health and the wellbeing of our planet. At the Nature Conservancy in Washington, we are conserving the living marine ecosystems that support our coastal communities. Restoring marine waters to health creates huge benefits:

  • Healthy and intact coastal and marine habitats produce great seafood

  • Sustainable fisheries support coastal economies and cultures

  • Intact coastal ecosystems are resilient & can adapt to change

Our whole-system approach to this work includes conserving coastal and marine habitats, helping fishermen and shellfish farmers develop sustainable practices and helping coastal communities adapt to climate change.

Our work is collaborative and science based. In one program we are working with Pacific Coast tribes and other stakeholders to plan for use of our marine waters in ways that conserve fish habitat and prepare for the impacts of sea level rise, coastal flooding, and ocean acidification.

Innovation is an important aspect of our marine work. In Ilwaco, we’re partnering with bottom trawl fishermen to develop a new way to catch lingcod that will be less damaging than bottom trawls and bring a more valuable product to market.

As we look to the future, vessel traffic and the potential for oil spills both pose huge threats to marine waters and shoreline. We are partnering with the Makah tribe and others to improve the trans-boundary vessel traffic system, diminish the risk of oil spills and limit the damage if a spill does happen.

With your support, we will leave our marine environment in better health for everyone who loves and depends on it today, and in the future.