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Michele Culver
Regional Director

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For more information,
hard copies of documents,
or to get involved
please contact:

Heather Reed
Coastal Policy Coordinator

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Washington Department of
Fish and Wildlife
600 Capitol Way N
Olympia WA 98501-1091


Marine Resources Committees

Local science-based groups promote marine resources stewardship and restoration

TidelandsWashington’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.

What’s New?

The North Pacific MRC has several events planned in April as part of the RainFest River & Ocean Fair.
The first annual River & Ocean Film Festival will showcase short films that are relevant to the watersheds or marine environments of the west end of the Olympic Peninsula. Check out the web-page for more information.

Register here for CoastSavers Annual Washington Coast Clean Up scheduled for April 19th which will be held in conjunction with the River & Ocean Film Festival and the RainFest River & Ocean Fair.

Check out this flier for more information on events planned for the RainFest River and Ocean Fair!

Pacific County MRC Science Conference
Hold the date: On May 17th, 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. Check back for updates on the agenda and presentations planned for the Conference.

2013 Coastal MRC Summit
The Wahkiakum County MRC hosted the 2013 Coastal MRC Summit in Cathlamet, Washington on November 7-9. Summit topics included; facilitating collaborative meetings, updates from each coastal MRC, Shoreline Master Planning updates, ocean acidification, marine plastic pollution, and the science of hatchery and harvest reform. A member of the North Pacific MRC provided this summary of the successful Summit.

2013 Annual Report to the Legislature Completed
Program staff submitted the 2013 Annual Report to the Legislature in December. This report displays the accomplishments and valuable partnerships made in the sixth successful year of the Coastal MRC Program. Click here for 2013 Coastal MRC Report.

North Pacific Coast MRC June Newsletter
Check out the latest issue of the West End Natural Resource News. Highlights from the newsletter include 2013 MRC projects, coastal forage fish spawning surveys, salmon recovery project proposals, an update on the efforts and accomplishments of the Lake Ozette Sockeye Steering Committee, a report on the work of the Coastal MRCs relative to Washington Coast Marine Spatial Planning, a look at the Olympic Mudminnow; the 2013 Resources Fair, Washington Coast Cleanup 2013 and a brief look at legacy wood found embedded in sediment along the North Coast.