Our Working Waterfronts

The breadth of the economic impact of the maritime sector in Whatcom County is wide, and the Port of Bellingham has a dominant role as owner of most waterfront properties in Bellingham and Blaine. In this talk you will learn about the many aspects of a working waterfront, including major development projects, environmental clean-up programs, introduction to the local commercial seafood industry and stream rehabilitation and salmon enhancement. The Whatcom Working Waterfront Coalition is made up of over 120 members (companies, associations and individuals) that help keep Whatcom’s waterfronts working. Learn how the Coalition is involved in these various projects and works alongside coastal leaders to catalyze community sustainability and ensure thriving and diverse waterfronts that all can enjoy.

The Bellingham waterfront as viewed from the air.

About the Speaker

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Dan Tucker, Program Manager; Pete Granger, Vice President; Lindsie Fratus-Thomas: The Whatcom Working Waterfront Coalition

Pete Granger, Vice President: Pete an extensive background in the commercial seafood industry, having fished commercially in Puget Sound and Alaska and processed, sold and marketed seafood products for several companies and served as executive director for several fisheries trade associations working on government relations and policies regarding the fishing industry. He served as Director of the University of Washington Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program for fifteen years. Pete continues to fish commercially in Puget Sound as a reef-net salmon fisherman at Lummi Island near
Bellingham, Washington.

Dan Tucker, Program Manager: Dan has a background in traditionally-rigged sailing vessels, working non-profit and for-profit sails doing everything from character education with at-risk youth, to marine science and biology lessons. He's sailed all over the United States' coastal waters, and now resides in Fairhaven. He's worked in the maritime sector for over a decade with small breaks working in managerial positions and doing marine inspections. His current role is a blend of his graphic-design and tech background, and his career in the maritime sector, helping to build and direct programming for the Whatcom Working Waterfront Coalition. 

Lindsie Fratus-Thomas: Lindsie and her husband own and operate the F/V Robert S, an 87-foot wooden power scow that works as a salmon tender in Bristol Bay and SE Alaska. Born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, Lindsie moved to Whatcom County in 2002 to attend Western where she earned a bachelor’s in Geography: Environmental & Resource Management from the College of the Environment (formerly Huxley College). Lindsie has worked in the Natural Resources field in both the public and private sectors since 2004 and has been a Project Manager for large-scale salmon habitat & river restoration projects with the Nooksack Indian Tribe since 2012. Lindsie is excited to be a part of Whatcom’s waterfront community and is eager to advocate for a vibrant and sustainable working waterfront as the region grows.  Lindsie & her husband spend their free time improving their boat, travelling, camping, hiking, skiing, gardening, paddling, fostering dogs, and volunteering with community events, such as the Bellingham SeaFeast and Whatcom Hospice Events. 

Environmental Speaker Series

The Environmental Speaker Series is hosted by the College of the Environment at Western Washington University.

The Series is free and open to the public. Talks are held each Thursday at 4:30 pm in Academic Instructional Center West room 204 - AW-204. Talks will also be streamed via zoom. Register with the Alumni Association for the zoom link. Paid parking is available in lot C.

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