In 2011, OCNMS completed intertidal monitoring at rocky and sandy sites on the Makah (Kydikabbit
Point and Sooes Beach) and Quinault (Point Grenville and Grenville Beach) reservation shores
adjacent to the sanctuary. Rocky intertidal monitoring followed standardized protocols for
long-term monitoring established by the MARINe partnership (Multi-Agency Rocky Intertidal Network),
which are employed for long-term monitoring at numerous sites between California and Washington.
Data are shared via a common database on the MARINe website.
Sandy intertidal monitoring followed standardized protocols developed and used by the National Park
Service (NPS). In 2011-12 OCNMS will adopt the NPS database for sandy sites and will make these
data available via the OCNMS web site.
In 2011, as in years past, OCNMS engaged with Makah and Quinault tribal youth programs during
intertidal monitoring. Tribal youth visited monitoring sites and were introduced to the methods and
rationale for long-term monitoring. Several tribal youth assisted directly with field work
alongside sanctuary staff and regional experts.
In 2012 OCNMS plans to continue this monitoring and hopes to expand rocky intertidal monitoring to
include methods more suitable for tracking vertical zonal shifts (e.g., migration of the barnacle
and mussel zones) that may result from changing ocean conditions. Liam Antrim is OCNMS lead for