The Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve, located in northern Whatcom County, was proposed for protection in 2000. The area is known to host one of the largest herring spawning grounds in Puget Sound and is also known for its habitat diversity. Currently, three industrial piers rest along the shores of the Cherry Point reach and are being considered as potential threats to the species that thrive in the area.
In an article published in Friday’s Bellingham Herald the importance of collaborative relationships between government, industry and environmental communities is highlighted. Working together on management plans like Cherry Point could not be more important – read the draft Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve Management Plan.
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is responsible for the management and stewardship of 2.6 million acres of aquatic lands. As steward, DNR is responsible for managing these lands on behalf of the public in order to generate revenue, public access, and sustainability for current and future generations.
With that said, DNR has established the Aquatic Reserves Program which promotes the protection of aquatic areas that will enhance the health of native marine and freshwater aquatic habitats, and the fish and wildlife that depend on them, Cherry Point being a prime example.
For more information watch the Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve video.
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