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September 10, 2012

Mystery Bay planning team earns national award
Local celebration on Sept. 17 will honor the team partners

OLYMPIA – The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) today presented its Waterways Management Award to the Mystery Bay Management Plan Team at its 53rd annual conference in Mobile, Alabama. The award will be presented locally to the planning team members September 17 on Marrowstone Island in Jefferson County.

The Mystery Bay Management Plan, completed in 2010, was developed by a team of federal, state and local agencies, tribes, shellfish growers, boaters, and local residents to address the problem of too many boats anchored or moored near shellfish beds in the bay. Located on the west side of Marrowstone Island, Mystery Bay is a productive shellfish area for commercial and tribal harvesting. The small bay is also a popular anchorage with recreational boaters. In 2009, the Washington State Department of Health closed the beds in much of the bay during boating season because the number of boats exceeded federal standards for commercial shellfish safety.  The shellfish beds were reopened after the plan’s six elements were carried out and found to be a workable and sustainable solution.

The award nomination was submitted to NASBLA by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission Boating Safety Program. NASBLA cited the successful collaborative effort as the main reason for selecting the Mystery Bay Management Plan Team as this year’s award recipient.

“We were impressed that a large group of individuals with varying backgrounds and goals were able to pull together and develop a workable, comprehensive plan to solve such a complicated issue,” said John Johnson, CEO and executive director of NASBLA. “The team’s efforts truly embody the spirit of partnership, which is key to successful waterways management.”

The following partners collaborated on the Mystery Bay Management Plan:

  • Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
  • Washington State Department of Health
  • Governor’s Office of Regulatory Assistance
  • Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
  • Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe
  • Jefferson County Board of County Commissioners
  • Jefferson County Marine Resources Committee
  • Jefferson County Departments of Community Development & Public Health
  • Marrowstone Island Shellfish Company
  • Carl Johnson Clams and Oysters
  • Marrowstone Island Community Association
  • Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission
  • Pacific Coast Shellfish Growers Association
  • Plauché & Stock LLP
  • Point No Point Treaty Council
  • Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe
  • Suquamish Tribe
  • Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe
  • US Army Corps of Engineers

About the award
NASBLA’s Waterways Management Award recognizes and honors exemplary commitment and best practices by an individual or team effort that helps improve navigation, public safety or access in ways that reduce conflicts, enhance the recreational boating experience for waterway and shoreline users, or reduces the risks to natural resources through education, technical assistance, regulation, enforcement, or other policies or programs. NASBLA is a national nonprofit organization that develops public policy for recreational boating safety in 50 states and the U.S. territories. Learn more at www.nasbla.org.

More information and background:
View the Mystery Bay Management Plan at: www.ora.wa.gov/documents/mysterybay/management_plan.pdf  

Read the April 1, 2010, DNR news release announcing the completion of the Mystery Bay Management Plan: http://www.dnr.wa.gov/ResearchScience/News/Pages/2010_04_01_mystery_bay_nr.aspx  

Learn more about the Washington State Parks Boating Safety Program at: www.parks.wa.gov/boating/  

For more information about the September 17 award presentation, contact Brady Scott, DNR, 360-732-0013, brady.scott@dnr.wa.gov.

DNR—Steward of state aquatic lands
As steward of the 2.6 million acres of state aquatic lands, DNR manages the bedlands under Puget Sound and the coast, many of Washington’s beaches, and natural lakes and navigable rivers. DNR manages these lands to facilitate navigation, commerce, and public access and to ensure protection of aquatic habitat.

Media Contact: Toni Droscher, DNR Communications Manager, 360-902-1523, toni.droscher@dnr.wa.gov  

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