Montesano coastal advisory council meeting to focus on planning projects, new laws

Ecology formed the advisory council in 2011 to advise the State Ocean Caucus, a team made up of state agencies with management roles or expertise in ocean and coastal issues. The unpaid advisory council provides local perspectives about, and information on, solutions to marine resource issues, projects and conflicts.

At its June 5 meeting, the council will get status reports and ask questions about several marine spatial planning projects.

Members also will hear reports regarding a new state law that goes into effect July 28. The measure will establish the advisory council in the Governor’s office. The council’s current membership will remain onboard.

The advisory council meets four to six times a year and members represent a wide array of coastal and ocean interests including county-based Marine Resources Committees, commercial and recreational fishing, shellfish aquaculture, conservation, economic development, education, local citizens, ports, scientific research and maritime shipping.