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.
Ocean & River Resources Fair and Potluck BBQ
Join the North Pacific Coast MRC as they host their annual natural resources fair! The event will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2013, from 4 pm – 9 pm, at the UW Olympic Natural Resources Center. Click on the links for more information and directions.
Grays Harbor County MRC Announces Request for Proposals
The Grays Harbor County MRC invites project proposals designed to promote local, marine stewardship and restoration. Proposals are being accepted for the 2013-2014 funding round. Projects must begin after July 1, 2013 and be completed by June 30, 2014. For more information, please see the official RFP.
Pacific County MRC Science Conference
On May 18th, 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. Presentations lined up on the agenda include Snowy Plovers, Migratory Birds, Razor Clams, Dungeness crab, Juvenile Salmon Use, Japonica or Terns & Cormorants and Tsunami Debris Flora and Fauna. Please RSVP to Key McMurry at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in attending.
Join the Beach Cleanup Effort April 20th
On Saturday, April 20th, head out to your favorite beach and join the coast-wide cleanup effort sponsored in part by the Grays Harbor, Pacific, and North Pacific Coast Marine Resource Committees. To find a beach and sign up for the event, visit the CoastSavers website.
2013 Funding Opportunity for Coastal MRCs
The Nature Conservancy has announced a request for proposals for projects that are designed to benefit fish habitat conservation and/or sustainable fisheries. Proposals are limited to the Washington Coast geography and are required to be supported by one of the four Coastal Marine Resources Committees. Applications are due by March 30, 2013. For more information contact Eric Delvin, email@example.com.
Wahkiakum MRC Announces Request for Proposals
The Wahkiakum MRC is now accepting proposals for marine related projects in Wahkiakum County, for the July 2013 – June 2014 funding cycle. Project proposals can be submitted by groups or organizations and should range between $200 and $14,000. For full funding consideration, proposals must be received by April 2, 2013. See the announcement for more information, and contact Carrie Backman or Donna Westlind at 360-795-3278 with any questions.
2012 Annual Report to the Legislature Completed
Program staff and MRC coordinators compiled the 2012 Annual Report to the Legislature in December. This report displays the accomplishments and valuable partnerships made in the fifth successful year of the Coastal MRC Program. Click here for 2012 Coastal MRC Report.
Coastal MRCs to host a Science Conference in Long Beach
On Saturday, December 8th, the Coastal MRCs will host a Science Conference at the WSU Cranberry Museum in Long Beach, WA. Sponsored generously by Surfrider Foundation and The Nature Conservancy, the conference promises to have a line-up of distinguished speakers with presentations on sustainable fisheries, plastics in the ocean and the Salish Sea, ocean acidification, coastal earthquakes and ocean modeling. This event is free and open to the public, so join the MRCs from 8:45 am – 3:00 pm on December 8th! See our flyer for more information.
Coastal MRCs attend the 2012 NW Straits Conference
On November 2nd and 3rd, representatives from the Coastal Marine Resources Committees attended the Northwest Straits Conference in Port Townsend. Highlights of the conference included featured speakers Congressman Norm Dicks and Billy Frank, Jr., and presentations on ocean acidification, pollution runoff and responding to water quality issues, treaty rights, and marine stewardship in Washington. The Coastal MRCs led a session introducing the marine resources and activities of the committees of the coastal communities. Thank you to the NW Straits Foundation for sponsoring Coastal MRC participation in the conference.
Click here to view the coastal session presentation, and here to learn more about the conference.
North Pacific Coast Shoreline Clean up Summary
Olympic National Park, Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary and CoastSavers hosted a shoreline clean up event on September 29th to celebrate National Public Lands Day. The event focused on the Cape Alava to Sand Point area with a total of 6.7 miles covered. 27 volunteers participated in this event, picking up a total of 400 pounds of debris, and 23 pounds of recyclables. Thank you to all of the volunteers and organizers!
Now Available - WDFW Guidance on Tsunami Debris and Invasive Species Reporting
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has released a new website with tsunami debris information. The new site provides guidance to local governments and the public on tsunami debris, links and procedures for reporting invasive species, and updated information in relation to Hydraulic Project Approvals for marine debris removal. To learn more, please visit http://wdfw.wa.gov/tsunami/.
Newly renamed Washington Coastal Marine Advisory Council Meeting Dates, Agendas and Materials
Visit Washington Department of Ecology’s website for upcoming Washington Coastal Marine Advisory Council meetings and agendas, announcements, and meeting summaries.
Volunteer Opportunity for North Pacific Coast Shoreline Clean up September 29th
Olympic National Park, Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary and CoastSavers will host a shoreline cleanup event to celebrate National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 29th. The event will be focused on the Cape Alava to Sand Point area reached via the Olympic National Park Ozette Ranger Station. Space is limited and advance registration is REQUIRED for this cleanup. Volunteers must register online at the CoastSavers website. For more information about the cleanup, potential volunteers may call Heather Stephens, the Olympic National Park Volunteer Coordinator, at 360-565-3141 or Rosie Perera 360-565-3142. See the full announcement here.
Pacific County MRC Announces 2012-2013 Request for Proposals
The Pacific County Marine Resources Committee (PCMRC) is now accepting proposals for marine related projects in Pacific County. The PCMRC has $6,100 available for project proposals. Project proposals can be submitted by individuals, groups, schools, and organizations. Projects should focus on, but are not limited to; Marine education that involves local school students in marine resources education, marine debris cleanup, marine assessments and/or restoration proposals. Priority will be given to projects that take a comprehensive/holistic approach, partner with other groups or projects, show sustainability and follow-up, leverage other resources, and contribute to the community’s economic health. Successful proposals will need to have projects fully completed between November 9, 2012 and June 15, 2013. Applications will be due Wednesday October 10, 2012. For full application materials, contact Mike Johnson, PCMRC Coordinator, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Check out the latest issue of the West End Natural Resources News
The North Pacific Coast MRC published its fourth issue of the West End Natural Resources News in June. Topics discussed in the newsletter include tsunami debris, beach cleanups, the Ocean and River Fair, and the recently convened Coastal Advisory Council.
Grays Harbor MRC Announces Request for Proposals
Grays Harbor MRC recently released a Request for Proposals for projects seeking funding between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013. Contact GHC MRC Coordinator, Garrett Dalan, with any questions at email@example.com or 360-249-4413.
Pacific County MRC Beach Cleanup
The Pacific MRC and program staff joined the Grass Roots Garbage Gang in the huge volunteer effort to pick up marine debris littering the Long Beach Peninsula on July 5th. Items retrieved included used fireworks, plastics, cans, and pieces of Styrofoam.
oin the Pacific MRC in their July 5th Beach Cleanup
Join the Pacific MRC and the Grass Roots Garbage Gang on July 5th at 9:30 AM for a beach debris cleanup on Long Beach Peninsula! Volunteers will be handing out bags at all of the major beach approaches. For more information, email Shelly@OurBeach.org or click here.
Coastal Advisory Body Nominations Needed
The Washington Department of Ecology is seeking nominations for membership on an advisory group for ocean policy to fill three vacant seats: Energy, Recreation, and Tourism. Nominations are due in writing by 5 PM on July 13, 2012. Details attached.
Pacific County MRC Launches New Website
The Pacific County MRC (PC MRC) invested volunteer time and project money over the last year to develop a useful and appealing website, which debuted in early June 2012. Check out the website at http://pacificcountymrc.com/ for up to date information on meeting dates, project activity, and recent marine related issues pertaining to Pacific County.
North Pacific Coast MRC’s Annual Ocean & Resources Fair
The North Pacific Coast Marine Resources Committee (NPC MRC) is hosting its Fourth Annual Community Potluck & Barbecue at the newly renovated Forks High School on Saturday June 16th from 2 PM to 6 PM. Listen to Blue Grass (Crescent Blue), enjoy local food, and find out about the West End groups’ monitoring and restoration projects, and how you can get involved.
Coastal Advisory Body Meeting Dates, Agendas and Materials
Take a look at Washington Department of Ecology’s website http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/sea/ocean/advisorygroup.html for upcoming Coastal Advisory Body meetings and agendas, announcements, and meeting summaries.
Pacific County MRC’s Annual Science Conference Thursday, May 17th
Join Pacific MRC at the WSU Cranberry Research Station for an all day science conference. The conference will feature many topics including shellfish, ecotourism, timber, oil spills, clean beaches, and commercial fishing and recreational clamming. Please RSVP via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone to PCEDC: 360-875-9330 or 360-642-9330. See agenda for full details.
West End Newsletter Published by North Pacific Coast MRC
Check out the third issue of the West End Natural Resources News. Highlights included previously funded and upcoming MRC projects and an update on Japan tsunami marine debris. NPC Newsletter
North Pacific Coast Announces Request for Proposals for 2012-2013
The North Pacific Coast Marine Resources Committee (NPC MRC) is soliciting project proposals to be completed on the ground between July 2012 and June 2013. Click here for the application package. PROPOSALS ARE DUE May 11th, 2012.
2011 Report to the Legislature Published
Program staff and MRC coordinators compiled the 2011 Report to the Legislature. This report displays the accomplishments and valuable partnerships made in the fourth successful year of the Coastal MRC Program. Click here for 2011 Coastal MRC Report
Department of Ecology Announces Coastal Advisory Body Appointments
On December 13, 2011, the Department of Ecology’s Director appointed coastal representatives to fill the seats on a newly formed Coastal Advisory Body. The purpose of the new advisory body is to advise the State Ocean Caucus on ocean policy issues. The document summarizing the appointment process and list of representatives is available here. For more information, see http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/sea/ocean/advisorygroup.html.
Climate Science Summaries for Marine and Coastal Systems Available
WDFW recently released a set of climate science summaries for four major ecological systems. Follow this link http://wdfw.wa.gov/publications/01239/ for electronic copies of the reports, including one on Marine and Coastal Systems.
Beach Mining / Mineral Prospecting Demonstration
A demonstration of beach mining and mineral prospecting equipment occurred on October 29, 2011 near Boone Creek in Grays Harbor County. Some MRC members and WDFW staff were able to attend. For more information on small scale mineral prospecting, please see the State Parks website at http://www.parks.wa.gov/rules/.
2011 Coastal MRC Summit Report
The Coastal MRCs gathered in Forks on October 13th and 14th for the annual Summit. To read about the discussion and outcomes of the Summit, check out the Report.
The National Ocean Council is seeking public input as it develops the strategic action plans for the nine priority objectives outlined in the National Policy for the Stewardship of the Ocean, our Coasts, and the Great Lakes (National Policy). President Obama adopted the National Policy last year by executive order. To be considered during the development of the draft strategic action plans, comments should be submitted by April 29, 2011. Draft strategic action plans will be released for public review in the summer of 2011, allowing additional opportunity for the public to provide comments. Plans are expected to be completed by the end of 2011.
Comments should be submitted electronically at http://www.WhiteHouse.gov/administration/eop/oceans/comment or can be sent by mail to: National Ocean Council, 722 Jackson Place, NW., Washington, DC 20503.
For more information on this comment opportunity, please refer to the announcement in the federal register.
NW Straits Presentation on Derelict Gear Project:
Northwest Straits Foundation will present results of a recently completed economic stimulus funded project: Puget Sound Derelict Fishing Net Removal Project. It will take place at the Natural Resources Building, at 1111 Washington St. SE in Olympia, on the first floor (room 175A&B), on March 9, 2011 from 2:00-3:00 PM.
North Pacific Coast MRC Request for Proposals
The North Pacific Coast Marine Resources Committee is accepting proposals for marine related projects in Western Jefferson and Clallam Counties. Project proposals can be submitted by individuals, groups or organizations and should range from $500 to $20,000. Projects must occur between March 1st, 2011 and June 30th 2012. Proposals should be submitted no later than end of business on Friday, February 11th, 2011 for guaranteed consideration. Contact Rich Osborne if you have additional questions at 360-417-2569. Request for Proposals
Wahkiakum MRC Request for Proposals
Wahkiakum County Marine Resources Committee is accepting proposals for marine related projects in Wahkiakum County. Project proposals can be submitted by individuals, groups or organizations and should range between $200 and $14,000. Projects must occur between March 1st and June 30th, 2011. For full consideration, proposals must be received by 6 p.m., Tuesday, February 8th. Proposals will be accepted beyond the 8th, but there is no guarantee of available funding. Contact Carrie Kennedy if you have additional questions at 360-795-3278. Request for Proposals | Proposal Form
Wahkiakum County MRC Meeting in Cathlamet, WA
Wahkiakum MRC will meet Monday, January 24, 2011 to discuss the organizational structure of the MRC, rank projects, and develop an action plan. The meeting will be held from 4:30 – 6:30 at the River Street Meeting Room. Contact Carrie Kennedy with any questions at 360-795-3278. Agenda
2010 Report to the Legislature Published
Program staff and MRC coordinators compiled the 2010 Report to the Legislature! This report describes the accomplishments of the MRCs in the third successful year of the Coastal MRC Program.
2010 Coastal MRC Summit – A Huge Success!
On September 29th and 30th, Washington’s Coastal MRC board members, coordinators and WDFW Program staff gathered at the Chateau Westport to meet as a group for the first time after establishing all of the MRCs. Sponsored by Surfrider and The Nature Conservancy, the Summit was well attended and consisted of a panel discussion, work sessions and a site visit and presentations at Grays Harbor’s Bottle Beach State Park. The creative energy from the Summit carried on as the group joined the public at the Coastal Marine Spatial Planning Comment Session at the Westport Maritime Museum. Please see the report for a summary of both events.
North Pacific Coast MRC Publishes First issue of NPC MRC Newsletter!
Check out the July issue of the NPC MRC newsletter to learn about the recent activities and accomplishments of the Marine Resource Committee, and to find out how to get involved in upcoming activities on the outer coast of Clallam and Jefferson Counties. If you have any questions, contact Rich Osborne, Coordinator email@example.com
Final Wahkiakum County Exploratory MRC Meeting June 30th
The last E-MRC meeting for Wahkiakum County will be held Wednesday June 30, 2010 from 6-8 pm at the Skamokawa Grange Hall. Contact Carrie Kennedy, the E-MRC coordinator, with any questions at 360-795-3278.
National Marina Day - Beach & Marina Clean-Up on Saturday June 12th 9 am – 12 noon
The Grays Harbor MRC, Port of Grays Harbor, and the Westport Marina will sponsor a beach and marina clean up Saturday June 12, 2010. Meet at the McCausland Hall @ the Westport Maritime Museum! Please see the flyer for more details.
Attend the 2nd Annual North Pacific Coast MRC Community Potluck on Saturday, June 12th!
Come enjoy live music, presentations, and a BBQ potluck at the Forks Community Center (the pool) 91 Maple Avenue on June 12th from 4 - 8 pm. Please bring something to grill or a dish to share, photos and stories about the coast and what its resources mean to you. Everyone is welcome! Potluck flyer
Join the Pacific County MRC for its 2010 Coastal Summit:
Your Coastal System, May 20th and 21st
The Summit will take place at the WSU Cranberry Research Station 2907 Pioneer Rd. in Long Beach, WA on May 20th 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM and May 21st 8:30 am – Noon. Please RSVP to Karen Tully firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, see attachment.
“20,000 Gigabits Under the Sea: Next-Generation Ocean Science off the Washington & Oregon Coasts”
The Grays Harbor MRC will co-sponsor a presentation by Dr. John Delaney, Professor of Oceanography, University of Washington on Thursday, May 20, 2010 at the Ocean Shores Convention Center. Announcement
“The Ocean and You” Tuesday, April 27, 2010
The Grays Harbor MRC invites YOU to come learn, share, and discuss information about the Pacific Ocean and coastal resources: ocean acidification, marine spatial planning, and more! See the attached agenda below. This event will be held at the Westport Maritime Museum, 2201 Westhaven Drive Westport, WA. Open house begins at 5:30 PM and Meeting from 6 – 8 PM.
The Ocean and You: Agenda
Wahkiakum County Exploratory MRC Hosts 1st Meeting and Potluck April 1st
After presenting the idea of a Marine Resources Committee to several groups across the county throughout February, Wahkiakum E-MRC will host its first meeting April 8th at 6 p.m. at the Skamokawa Grange. Bring your favorite potluck dish and join the E-MRC for an informative dinner and discussion. Contact Carrie Kennedy, the E-MRC coordinator, with any questions at 360-795-3278.
North Pacific Coast MRC still accepting citizen applications for committee
NPC MRC will hold another update meeting in Forks at the DNR Pacific Meeting Room adjacent to Tillicum Park from 4 PM to 6 PM on Wednesday February 24th. NPC MRC is still accepting citizen applications for EITHER Clallam County or Jefferson County West End residents who would like to serve as voting members of the committee. The closing date for applications is February 26th. Application and submittal details can be downloaded in the following attachment:
County Board and Committee Applications
2009 Report to the Legislature Published
Program staff and MRC coordinators compiled the 2009 Report to the Legislature! This report showcases the accomplishments and valuable partnerships made in the second successful year of the Coastal MRC Program. Click on the link below to view the report.
Progress Establishing Coastal Marine Resource Committees
Jefferson County Commissioners Approve MRC Formation
On September 8th, the Jefferson County Commissioners approved a resolution forming a North Pacific Coast MRC in coordination with Clallam County. Clallam County Commissioners will consider the same resolution on September 14th.
Grays Harbor MRC to Host Workshop on Marine Spatial Planning
Grays Harbor MRC is planning to host a workshop on marine spatial planning – sometimes also called “ocean zoning”. The workshop is scheduled to take place in Aberdeen on October 20, 2009. Stay tuned for event details.
Pacific County Commissioners Approve MRC Formation
On July 14th, the Pacific County Commissioners approved a resolution forming a Pacific County MRC. Committee membership has not yet been determined.
Article in the Peninsula Daily News Highlights Work of the Northwest Straits Commission and MRCs:
“Study finds abandoned crab pots can be killers”
By Jeff Chew
Peninsula Daily News
Article published Sep 8, 2009
SEQUIM -- A yearlong study of Dungeness Bay adds credence to what fisheries officials have suspected for years: derelict pots kill crab and cost commercial shellfish operations money. "The project confirmed what we've known about the impact of pots," said Ginny Broadhurst, Northwest Straits Commission director.
"The economic impacts are pretty darn significant." Jeff June, a Northwest Straits Commission consultant who helped conduct the study, agreed. "It looks like derelict crab pots are killing between 4 to 5 percent of the crab harvest in Dungeness Bay," June said. That amounts to some $600,000 to $800,000 lost to commercial operators dropping pots there.
The study found that, after 12 months of sampling pots, 487 crabs were caught, 191 escaped pots with biodegradable rot cords that allow the pots to open in a month and 180 crabs died. Crabs found alive in the pots numbered 188.
Six days or more
It takes six days or longer before a Dungeness crab dies in a pot, the report states. Lost pots also trap kill sunflower starfish. The study found that a pot that remains intact, without a biodegradable rot cord, will catch about 42 crab per year, killing 14. The mortality rate was found to be heaviest in shallower depths. Over the study period, 48 crabs died at 60 feet compared to 132 dead at 30 feet. Commercial pots caught 266 crabs over the year, killing 109, while 221 crabs in recreational pots killed 71 crabs. Based on the study, officials predict that about 14,000 crab pots are lost each year in Puget Sound and inside waters. Of those pots, 80 percent use rot cord, while 20 percent do not. Based on a year, the study predicts that 2,800 pots without rot cord would kill 41,187 crabs.
The study results fortify Northwest Straits Commission's efforts in 2002 to remove abandoned crab pots, using divers. The derelict gear removal program has removed 1,921 derelict pots, weighing 48,421 pounds. Based on the Dungeness Bay study and another study in Port Susan Bay near Camano Island, about $14.4 million in commercial and recreational crab are lost annually.
Port Townsend-Jefferson County Editor Jeff Chew can be reached at 360-385-2335 or at email@example.com. All materials Copyright © 2008 Horvitz Newspapers.
North Pacific Coast Community Potluck May 30 well attended
The Western Clallam and Jefferson County E-MRC hosted a North Pacific Coast Community Potluck on Saturday, May 30 in Forks. Potluck dishes brought by community members were excellent and donated salmon, halibut, oysters made the meal unforgettable. Dr. Rich Osborne, Clallam E-MRC coordinator gave a presentation on killer whale life history and Rod Fleck, City of Forks Attorney and Planner lead a group discussion about special features and priorities for the coast. The event was attended by 40+ community members from Western Jefferson and Clallam Counties.
Grays Harbor MRC Workshop/Forum June 20
Grays Harbor MRC is sponsoring an event to kick off and introduce the official formation of the Grays Harbor MRC to the community. The forum will help inform the public about what an MRC is and what activities it will do. Saturday, June 20, 10am – 2pm at the Aberdeen Rotary Log Pavilion. For information contact Garrett Dalan. See the save the date flyer!
Grays Harbor County selects new MRC members and hires Garrett Dalan to be the new MRC coordinator
Grays Harbor County Board of County Commissioners has selected the first MRC members. The board will consist of 15 voting members. Visit the Grays Harbor MRC website to find out who is on the board. Garrett Dalan, County Environmental Health Specialist has been hired to coordinate the MRC.Welcome Garrett!
New Coastal MRC Program brochure
Check out our new look! Click here to download a pdf.
Work Group Approves Benchmarks
In January, the Coastal MRC Program Work Group agreed on a set of priority of operating principles to guide the development of the Coastal MRC Program and focus the work of coastal MRCs. The Work Group also finalized interim performance benchmarks that will be used to measure MRC activity and achievement. Click here to review program priorities and benchmarks.