COASST Training

July 30, 2022

Beachwalkers wanted for

coastal observation and seabird survey team (coasst)


On July 30th , 2022 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST) will deliver a free training session in Mount Vernon, WA for members of the community. The COASST Beached Bird program is focused on the intersection of science, conservation, and communities. COASST participants help make a difference for the environment by collecting data on beach-cast carcasses of marine birds and marine debris on a monthly basis to establish the baseline pattern of beached bird mortality on North Pacific beaches.


Through an interactive, hands-on workshop, trainees will become acquainted with COASST survey protocols, have a chance to learn more about the seabirds that live in their area, and learn about the effects of marine debris on sealife. The COASST training provides participants with the tools to monitor for potential changes in the marine environment and promote stewardship of local marine resources.


COASST is a citizen science project of the University of Washington in partnership with state, tribal, and federal agencies, environmental organizations, and community groups. COASST believes residents of coastal communities are essential scientific partners in monitoring marine ecosystem health. By collaborating with community members, natural resource management agencies and environmental organizations, COASST works to translate long-term monitoring into effective marine conservation solutions.  Currently, nearly 1000 participants survey beaches in Washington, Oregon, California, and Alaska.

The training session will be held at the Padilla Bay Interpretive Center (10441 Bayview-Edison Rd). There will be a short break in the middle of the session for lunch, so please bring your own sack lunch, or money to purchase food in the area. Participants need NO prior experience with scientific data collection, just a commitment to survey a specific beach at least once a month.


COVID-19 details: Masks are recommended, but not mandatory. Staying safe is our top priority and we will have disinfectant wipes and sanitizer on hand.


For more information and to reserve your training spot, call COASST at 206-221-6893 or email More information about the COASST program can be found at






May 1, 2022

Event Sponsors: Skagit Marine Resources Committee, Northwest Straits Foundation, and Northwest Straits Commission

Please join the Skagit MRC and Northwest Straits Foundation for a series of educational videos with tips and tricks to catch more crab!  A Virtual Crabbing Workshop with WDFW will be held on the evening of June 30th. Stay tuned for more details!

Crabbing is a popular activity in Washington for recreational crabbers. There are lots of Dungeness crabs in Puget Sound, and crabbing gear is affordable and accessible. However, pots are lost at an extraordinarily high rate and very few are retrieved. An estimated 12,000 crab pots are lost in Puget Sound each year. A single lost crab pot can kill up to 15 crab per year resulting in over 180,000 wasted crabs not making it to the dinner table.

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Here are a few tips and tricks to help you keep your pots and catch more crab!


Check out the Northwest Straits Foundation's educational videos that will be highlighted each week during the month May, including a virtual crabbing workshop!! A live virtual crabbing workshop with WDFW will be held on the evening of June 30th! Stay tuned for more details. 

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Additional Crabbing Resources to Know When and Where to Set Your Pot:



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