The (Everett) Heraldreports:

Two local American Indian tribes want to add an extra layer of protection for the Western sandpipers, snow geese, short-eared owls, Chinook salmon and other species that thrive in Port Susan Bay.

The Tulalip and Stillaguamish tribes want Snohomish and Island counties to designate the bay a Marine Stewardship Area. The designation won’t carry any new regulations, but it will create a partnership between the counties and the tribes to protect the area.