Cherry Point Forum

The Cherry Point Forum is an annual forum hosted by the Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve Citizen Stewardship Committee to educate community members about environmental issues that affect the Aquatic Reserve. 

Located in Whatcom County, the Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve is one of eight Aquatic Reserves in Washington State. Established by DNR on state-owned aquatic lands in Puget Sound, Aquatic Reserves include important biodiversity and aquatic habitat critical to Puget Sound health. Read more.

Cherry Point Forum 2017: Emerging science in marine health

The Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve Citizen Stewardship Committee hosted its annual Cherry Point Forum on Saturday, October 14th at Bellingham Technical College. Topics and speakers included:

  • Effects of oil spills and every day fossil fuel use on fish populations
    NOAA's Dr. John Incardona will cover how hydrocarbon compounds from fossil fuels damage the developing fish heart. Much of the focus will be how very low level pollution from oil spills and road runoff can impact nearshore spawning forage fish species. Read Dr. Inardona's bio

  • Microplastics in the Puget Sound: From 2008 to Present
    UW's Senior Research Scientist Julie Masura will cover the evolution of microplastics study at the Center for Urban Waters from method development to field research. She will also include discussion on undergraduate research and data contributed by environmental science groups throughout the region. Read Julie Masura's bio.

  • Floating kelp: highlights of regional and local findings from government and volunteer monitoring work
    Helen Berry and Eleanor Hines will lead you through al look at floating kelp, including region-specific highlights on this important marine seaweed, and the role citizen science can play to help collect data.
    See the interactive story map. Read Helen Berry's and Eleanor Hine's bios.

  • Sea Level Rise in Washington State: Everything You Need to Know Coastal Hazard Specialist Ian Miller will provide an overview and preliminary results from a new assessment for sea level rise in Washington State. Read Ian Miller's bio.

Presentations from the forum will be available soon! For more info, contact Eleanor Hines at or 360-733-8307 ext. 213.