Michele Culver
Regional Director

360-249-1229 Fax

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

Heather Reed
Coastal Policy Coordinator

360-249-1229 fax

Jessi Doerpinghaus
Coastal Marine Policy Analyst


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



Marine Resources Committees
Event Calendar

Marine Resources Committees

Local science-based groups promote marine resources stewardship and restoration

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.

What’s New?

North Pacific MRC Request for Proposals: The North Pacific Coast MRC invites project proposals designed to promote marine stewardship, restoration and citizen engagement focused on the resources and communities of the North Olympic Peninsula's Pacific Coast. The MRC welcomes projects from the local community and from first-time project applicants. Applications are due August 8, 2016. For more details and the application form, click here.

Grays Harbor County MRC Speaker Series: Join the GHC MRC at their next speaker series session on May 24th on "Managing Recreational Ocean Salmon Fisheries Off of Grays Harbor". Wendy Beeghley (WDFW) will be on hand to present and answer questions from 6-8 pm at the Grays Harbor College. Learn more >>

Pacific County MRC Science Conference: On Saturday, May 21st, 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/

Third Annual River and Ocean Film Festival
Enjoy film explorations of Washington's rivers and oceans at the Third Annual River and Ocean Film Festival at the Rainforest Arts Center in Forks, Washington on April 23 hosted by the North Pacific MRC. This film festival, held in conjunction with Forks RainFest and the Washington Coast Clean-up, celebrates the freshwater and marine environments of the west end of the Olympic Peninsula.

2016 Washington Coast Cleanup
Please join the Grays Harbor County and North Pacific Counties MRCs at the 2016 Washington CoastSavers Cleanup on Saturday April 23rd.  Volunteers are needed to help clean up the debris along Washington's coast so that our coast can be enjoyed for years to come! For more details, please visit www.coastsavers.org.

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.