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.
2015 Annual Report to the Legislature
Every year (as required by RCW 36.125.060), Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife must report to the Washington State Legislature on the activities of all of the Coastal MRCs during the year and their priorities for the following year. The 2015 Annual Report to the Legislature can be found here.
Grays Harbor MRC Science Forum
On November 17th, the Grays Harbor MRC hosted a science forum on coastal erosion, flooding, and sea level rise science at the Grays Harbor Community College. Speakers included George Kaminsky (WA Department of Ecology), Peter Ruggiero (Oregon State University), Julia Sanders (Global Ocean Health), and Molly Bogeberg (The Nature Conservancy). Copies of the presentations can be found at https://washington.surfrider.org/coastal-erosion-flooding-and-sea-level-rise-science-forum/.
Check out the Latest Edition of the West End Natural Resources News
The publication is produced by the North Pacific Coast MRC and the NPC Lead Entity for Salmon Recovery. This edition features articles on the Washington Coastal Cleanup, the River and Ocean Film Festival, the MRC summit and more. Check it out here.
Pacific County MRC Science Conference: On Saturday, May 16th, the Pacific County MRC will be hosting its Annual Science Conference at the WSU Cranberry Museum in Long Beach. The event begins at 8 am, with presentations starting at 9 am and a seafood feast to conclude the day. An agenda as well as more details can be found at http://pacificcountymrc.com/presentations/
Wahkiakum MRC Pinniped Project in the News!
This year, Wahkiakum MRC sponsored a project in which volunteers are observing sea lion and seals to help Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife research the potential impacts of the mammals on Columbia River fish populations. For more details, please read the article here.