Puget Sound is a living jewel, yet this fjord-like estuary (home to over 4 million people) is experiencing continued ecological decline. The Northwest Straits Initiative was authorized by Congress in 1998 to protect and restore marine waters, species and habitats through a citizen-based approach.
The Northwest Straits Initiative (NWSI) commissioned animator Andrea Love to create this beautiful short film explaining what is so essential about the work NWSI does to restore and protect our marine waters. Each component of NWSI has unique skills and organizational characteristics that allow for strong collective action. The short film illustrates how NWSI partners with scientists, locally-based advisory groups, and volunteers who all share the common goal of protecting local marine waters through programs such as the removal of derelict fishing gear, and restoration of many shoreline sites.
Andrea Love interviewed several key players in the Northwest Straits Initiative. She then animated those interviews in her unmistakable stop-motion style to create the story of “Engaging Conservation Leaders.” Characters in the film include Terry Williams (Northwest Straits Commissioner, Commissioner of Fisheries and Natural Resources, Tulalip Tribes), Rich Childers (Director, Northwest Straits Commission), Lisa Kaufman (Nearshore Program Manager, Northwest Straits Foundation), Jason Morgan (Marine Projects Manager, Northwest Straits Foundation) and Frances Wood (Island County MRC Volunteer).
The film is scored with original music by Eric Andrew Kuhn.