Michele Culver
Regional Director

360-249-4628
360-249-1229 Fax
michele.culver@dfw.wa.gov

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

Heather Reed
Coastal Policy Coordinator

360-249-1202
360-249-1229 fax
Heather.Reed@dfw.wa.gov

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

 

Program Overview
Performance Benchmarks

Performance benchmarks will be used to measure MRC activities and achievement in discrete, but broad categories.  Benchmarks developed and adopted by the Coastal MRC Program Work Group include:

Marine Habitats
Understand, steward, and restore marine, estuarine, coastal, and nearshore habitats, prevent loss, and achieve a net gain of healthy habitat areas by:

  • enhancing ecosystem and community resilience by protecting and restoring marine and coastal habitats
  • designing and implementing local and regional projects that restore natural processes
  • surveying and mapping marine and estuarine resources to better define physical and biological characteristics of marine habitats
  • making scientifically-based recommendations about management tools to protect marine and estuarine habitats
  • understanding and evaluating erosion and promoting sound sediment management practices 

Marine Life
Understand, steward, and restore marine and estuarine populations to healthy, sustainable levels by:

  • maintaining the health of marine and estuarine species and preventing further ESA listings while increasing access to marine resource enjoyment and harvest where feasible
  • balancing protection focus on ecosystem versus target species
  • identifying and carrying out actions to protect and restore species of interest and concern
  • designing and implementing projects to prevent the introduction and spread of invasive species
  • making scientifically-based recommendations about management tools for species recovery

Marine and Fresh Water Quality
Understand, steward, and restore marine and estuarine water quality of Washington’s coast and coastal embayments by:

  • conducting or supporting science to fill critical data gaps
  • working to reduce the input of pollutants
  • promoting management actions that would restore degraded water quality and contaminated sediment
  • working with and training students and citizens to conduct water quality monitoring

Sound Science
Collect high quality data and promote its transparent presentation, acceptance, and timely dissemination by:

  • utilizing established scientific protocols for the collection, analysis and use of  data that support the Coastal MRC Program goal
  • identifying gaps in data and working to fill those gaps by promoting the development of comprehensive, accessible marine resource databases
  • promoting peer reviewed science

Education and Outreach
Promote stewardship and understanding of coastal estuarine and marine resources through science-based education and outreach by:

  • informing the public about threats to living resources and coastal communities and presenting them with practical measures they can take to prevent further harmespecially regarding land use, erosion control, and individual homeowner decisions
  • informing citizens and governmental agencies about ocean energy activities and associated effects on coastal communities
  • coordinating outreach and education programs with other organizations, including local community colleges, and evaluating their effectiveness
  • engaging the public in active stewardship opportunities through community workshops, restoration projects, and educational programming
  • translating and disseminating scientific information about the status of Washington’s coastal habitats, resources, and communities to regional policy makers, resource managers, and the public in a timely manner
  • expanding partnerships with tribal governments and continuing to foster respect for tribal cultures and treaties
  • striving to maintain and improve coordination and communication among stakeholders and all managers

Coastal Communities
Promote sustainable and resilient coastal communities by:

  • supporting sustainable marine resource-based industries
  • supporting cultural and economic integrity of coastal communities
  • encouraging citizen participation in local and governmental decisions regarding marine resources
  • engaging in activities aimed at hazard prevention and preparedness, e.g. education
  • increasing sustainable access to marine resource enjoyment and harvest