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.
2014 MRC Summit
Thanks to the generosity and hard work of the Surfrider Foundation, The Nature Conservancy and Grays Harbor MRC, members of the four coastal MRCs came together for their annual summit – this time at Pacific Beach Resort and Conference Center on October 23-25.Over the three days, members heard updates from all four MRCs, learned about upcoming important legislation involving the Washington Coast Marine Advisory Council and crude oil transport across Washington, were introduced to an exciting new initiative, the Washington Coast Works Sustainable Business Competition, which will provide seed money to selected entrepreneurs to develop sustainable businesses through a local, competitive process, and also discussed how to make MRCs more effective. Attendees also heard from WDFW and Quinault staff members on razor clams and enjoyed a few fun activities, including a razor clam dig and trip to Point Grenville. All of the presentations from the summit, as well as an agenda and list of speakers, can be found at http://surfriderwashingtoncoast.blogspot.com/p/2014-coastal-mrc-summit.html.
Checkout 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 Bogachiel floodplain and opportunities to provide input; collaboration between Sea Grant, students from the Natural Resources Options Program, and the North Pacific Coast MRC to collect information about the shoreline along the north coast; an update on the Marine Spatial Planning process in Washington; information on recent marine debris removal projects; an article about a new report produced by Clallam County on understanding the economic value of ecostem services in Clallam County; and more. Check it out here.
Grays Harbor County MRC Announces Request for Proposals
The Grays Harbor County MRC invites project proposals designed to promote local, marine stewardship and restoration in Grays Harbor County. Proposals are being accepted for the 2014-2015 funding round. Projects must begin after July 1, 2014 and be completed by June 30, 2015. For more information, please see the official RFP.
North Pacific MRC Announces Requests for Proposals
The North Pacific Coast Marine Resource Committee (NPC 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. Proposal deadline is July 11, 2014. See the RFP or contact Tami Pokorny at 360.379.4498 for more information.
Pacific County MRC Science Conference
The Pacific County MRC will host its Annual Science Conference at the WSU Cranberry Museum in Long Beach, WA from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm on May 17, 2014. See the agenda for a schedule of presentations.
The North Pacific MRC has several events planned in April as part of the RainFest River & Ocean Fair.
The first annual River & Ocean Film Festival will showcase short films that are relevant to the watersheds or marine environments of the west end of the Olympic Peninsula. Check out the web-page for more information.
Register here for CoastSavers Annual Washington Coast Clean Up scheduled for April 19th which will be held in conjunction with the River & Ocean Film Festival and the RainFest River & Ocean Fair.
Check out this flier for more information on events planned for the RainFest River and Ocean Fair!
2013 Coastal MRC Summit
The Wahkiakum County MRC hosted the 2013 Coastal MRC Summit in Cathlamet, Washington on November 7-9. Summit topics included; facilitating collaborative meetings, updates from each coastal MRC, Shoreline Master Planning updates, ocean acidification, marine plastic pollution, and the science of hatchery and harvest reform. A member of the North Pacific MRC provided this summary of the successful Summit.
2013 Annual Report to the Legislature Completed
Program staff submitted the 2013 Annual Report to the Legislature in December. This report displays the accomplishments and valuable partnerships made in the sixth successful year of the Coastal MRC Program. Click here for 2013 Coastal MRC Report.
North Pacific Coast MRC June Newsletter
Check out the latest issue of the West End Natural Resource News. Highlights from the newsletter include 2013 MRC projects, coastal forage fish spawning surveys, salmon recovery project proposals, an update on the efforts and accomplishments of the Lake Ozette Sockeye Steering Committee, a report on the work of the Coastal MRCs relative to Washington Coast Marine Spatial Planning, a look at the Olympic Mudminnow; the 2013 Resources Fair, Washington Coast Cleanup 2013 and a brief look at legacy wood found embedded in sediment along the North Coast.