Washington’s coastal and ocean resources provide vital economic, recreation, transportation, and cultural benefits to coastal and state residents. Identifying and implementing realistic, effective, and efficient solutions to the unique conservation and management issues of Washington’s outer coast requires utilizing the available knowledge and creative approaches of coastal citizens and leaders. Citizen-based Marine Resource Committees (MRCs) are an effective mechanism to harness the dedication, creativity, and wisdom of coastal residents to compliment ongoing efforts to restore, protect, and manage coastal marine resources.
The goal of the Coastal MRC Program is to understand, steward, and restore the marine and estuarine ecological processes of the Washington coast in support of ecosystem health, sustainable marine resource-based livelihoods, cultural integrity, and coastal communities.
Ocean & River Resources Fair and Potluck BBQ
Join the North Pacific Coast MRC as they host their annual natural resources fair! The event will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2013, from 4 pm – 9 pm, at the UW Olympic Natural Resources Center. Click on the links for more information and directions.
Grays Harbor County MRC Announces Request for Proposals
The Grays Harbor County MRC invites project proposals designed to promote local, marine stewardship and restoration. Proposals are being accepted for the 2013-2014 funding round. Projects must begin after July 1, 2013 and be completed by June 30, 2014. For more information, please see the official RFP.
Pacific County MRC Science Conference
On May 18th, from 8:00 am – 7:30 pm, the Pacific County MRC will host its annual science conference at the WSU Cranberry Museum in Long Beach, WA. Presentations lined up on the agenda include Snowy Plovers, Migratory Birds, Razor Clams, Dungeness crab, Juvenile Salmon Use, Japonica or Terns & Cormorants and Tsunami Debris Flora and Fauna. Please RSVP to Key McMurry at email@example.com if you are interested in attending.
Join the Beach Cleanup Effort April 20th
On Saturday, April 20th, head out to your favorite beach and join the coast-wide cleanup effort sponsored in part by the Grays Harbor, Pacific, and North Pacific Coast Marine Resource Committees. To find a beach and sign up for the event, visit the CoastSavers website.
North Pacific Coast MRC April Newsletter
Check out the latest issue of the West End Natural Resource News. Highlights from the newsletter include 2013 MRC projects, sonar to improve Lake Ozette sockeye counts, a film about kayakers inventorying marine debris on the North Coast, the 3rd annual MRC Summit in Long Beach, and a story of the tsunami debris dock that arrived on the Olympic National Park beach.