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Washington’s Working Coast. A Project Overview and Request for Assistance Rebekah Brooks, UW Olympic Natural Resources Center Pacific County Science Conference May 17, 2012. Today’s Focus :. Reminder of scope of project Overview of Phase One and progress to date

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Washington s working coast

Washington’s Working Coast

A Project Overview and Request for Assistance

Rebekah Brooks,

UW Olympic Natural Resources Center

Pacific County Science Conference

May 17, 2012


Today s focus
Today’s Focus:

Reminder of scope of project

Overview of Phase One and progress to date

Overview of Phase Two

Invitation to join Steering Committee

Request for feedback and advice


Main point of project
Main Point of Project

  • Tough economic times

  • Communities share common challenges

  • Need to develop a more detailed picture of the marine based jobs

  • Need to seek ways to sustain and expand them


Scope of project
Scope of Project

  • This project voted one of two top projects by Coastal MRCs

  • All coastal Washington counties

  • Series of three phases; still in Phase One

    • Phase One: Establish information base

    • Phase Two: Class project for graduate student team

    • Phase Three: Coastwide conference


Purpose of phase one
Purpose of Phase One

  • Establish information base for Phase Two

  • Create foundation of information


What s in the information base
What’s in the information base?

  • All available recent socio-economic studies of coastal region

  • List of marine-based businesses

  • List of industry leaders



Compilation of marine resource based businesses by county
Compilation of Marine Resource-Based Businesses by County


Phase two new im proved economic assessment
Phase Two: New Improved Economic Assessment

  • Targeting coastal MRC counties

  • Following guidance of steering committee

  • Critically review and Improve on past studies

  • Conducted by Program on the Environment team

  • http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/index.php

  • Cost effective way to conduct project


Washington s working coast

  • Program on the Environment team

    • Capstone Project for Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management

    • A team of 5 to 6 graduate students

    • Working September, 2012 to March, 2013

    • Supervised by faculty mentor

    • MRC steering committee actively involved

    • Students will travel to the coast to interview industry leaders


Mrc funding
MRC Funding

  • Funding needed from next MRC project round

  • Vital if we are to use PoEstudents for this work

  • $13,000 needed

    • $10,000 for UW faculty mentor

    • $3,000 for student travel to coast


Steering committee
Steering Committee

  • Steering Committee provides direction

  • Open/transparent process

  • Invitation to join Steering Committee (not yet fully formed)


Request for feedback and advice
Request for Feedback and Advice

Trying to cast as wide a net as possible!

  • Socio-economic studies we don’t know about?

  • Interest in participating on the Steering Committee?

  • Business/industry leaders?

  • Marine-based businesses in the area?


Thank you
Thank you!

Send additional questions/comments/feedback of any kind to:

Rebekah Brooks: rebalynn@uw.edu

Miranda Wecker: mwecker@uw.edu