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.
2016 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 2016 Annual Report to the Legislature can be found here.
MRC Summit 2016
Please join all four Coastal MRCs and the Surfrider Foundation in the Annual MRC Summit in Long Beach October 20th-22nd! For more details, please click here.
2016 International Coastal Cleanup
Please join the Grays Harbor County and North Pacific Counties MRCs at the 2016 International Coastal Cleanup on Saturday September 17. 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 and to register, please visit www.coastsavers.org.
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.