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.
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.
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.
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.