Fort Townsend Restoration Celebration Oct 12, 4:30 - 6 pm

InvitationPlease join the Northwest Straits Foundation, Jefferson County Marine Resources Committee, Fort Townsend State Park, and distinguished guests to celebrate the completion of this nearshore restoration project. FREE. No RSVP needed. See the beautiful new interpretive signs, learn about the project and enjoy light refreshments. (photo:  Ian Miller, WA Sea Grant Coastal Specialist, taking measurements of the new beach. Photo by Cheryl Lowe)

Fort Townsend State Park, 1370 Old Fort Townsend Rd., Port Townsend.


Fort Townsend Planting Party Sat Oct 1, from 10 am to 2pm

Contact Cheryl Lowe for more information about how you can help.

Next MRC meeting is October 4, 2016

Join us to hear County Commissioner candidates Kate Dean and Tim Thomas talk about marine resource issues in our County. Rich Carlson, USFWS Washington State Coordinator will also introduce us to their Puget Sound Coastal Program.  See Meetings page for details. 

Jefferson MRC Seeks New Members

2016 MRC Members

Are you interested in serving on the MRC?  Members represent an array of backgrounds and interests, and are united in their goal to protect and restore local marine resources.

Current open positions are District 1, District 2, Commercial Interests Alternate, and Marine Practitioner Representatives, but all interested parties are encouraged to apply.

The MRC advises the Board of Commissioners on issues related to the marine resources of east Jefferson County and implements grant-funded projects that reflect local priorities. Representatives and Alternates are volunteers appointed by the Board of County Commissioners and serve four-year terms. First review of applications begins October 3, 2016. Positions are open until filled.

For more information about joining the MRC, contact Cheryl Lowe, 360-379-5610 x 230 or

Click here for more details. Download the application form here.

Not sure what district you live in?  See District Map.

Current Projects

  • Nearshore Restoration

    Restoring natural beach functions to improve habitat for marine species.

  • Eelgrass Protection

    Preventing damage to important eelgrass beds in Port Townsend Bay and other shorelines.

  • Olympia Oyster Restoration

    Surveying, monitoring and enhancing native habitat for native oysters to understand factors that limit recovery of native populations.

  • Marine Stewardship

    Working to achieve long-term stewardship for Jefferson County marine resources by building community through citizen involvement.

Olympia Oysters Thriving!

Monitoring team

In early August, MRC volunteers and partners completed their annual monitoring of our 2014 Olympia oyster habitat enhancement project in Discovery Bay. Everyone was thrilled to see how well some of the Olympias have established on the clean shell we put out just 2 years ago.

Olympias at Discovery Bay 2016