Diggin' for Dinner in 2015
Oak Bay County Park (Lower Area)
Friday, May 22, 12:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Join Jefferson County Marine Resources Committee and WA Fish and Wildlife Department biologists Camille Speck and Doug Rogers on May 22nd at Oak Bay County Park to learn all about harvesting clams on local beaches. RSVP, then bring the family and find out more about different types of clams, where to find them, how to harvest safely and sustainably, and the basic rules and regulations that assure delicious clams this summer and into the future.
Registration is free, but you must register at http://clamming.brownpapertickets.com .
Bring a shellfish license, bucket, boots and digging tools to the event. WDFW Shellfish Licenses can be purchased on-line at www.fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov or one of the following retail outlets: Port Ludlow Marina, Olympic Equipment Rentals in Port Hadlock, Port Townsend Fuel Dock, Brinnon General Store, or Quimper Mercantile, Henery Hardware, or Sea Marine in Port Townsend. Children 14 and under do not need a license.
The program is co-sponsored by WSU Extension, WA Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Jefferson County MRC with support from the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Northwest Straits Initiative. Cheryl Lowe, Jefferson County MRC Coordinator, explains, “Digging clams is a lot of fun and great for families to do together. We want people to learn how to do it the right way, to understand the direct connection between clean water and shellfish safety.”
This public event is free, but a $5 donation per family will help support future marine education programs.
MRC OPEN POSITIONS
- District 3 Representative (See map here)
- Environmental or Conservation Alternate
- Commercial Interests Alternate
The MRC advises the Board of Commissioners on issues related to the marine resources of East Jefferson County and sponsors projects that reflect local priorities. Applicants should have experience, demonstrated interest and/or affiliation with marine and shoreline-related activities, organizations or businesses. Volunteers serve four-year terms.
For more information about the MRC, explore this website. Applicants must submit a letter of interest and a MRC Application Form. Positions are open until filled. For more information click here. To download an Application, click here or contact Cheryl Lowe or call 360-379-5610 x 230. Review of applications will begin May 15, 2015. Applications will be accepted until positions are filled.
MRC UPCOMING EVENTS
Volunteer Training for Shoreline Monitoring
May 20, 2015, 9:30 - 1:30 pm
Join us for a workshop to learn about shoreline monitoring protocols. The MRC and Northwest Straits Foundation are sponsoring a bulkhead removal project at Fort Townsend State Park in Fall 2015. Volunteers are needed to help monitor changes to beach slope, sediment and driftwood accumulation as well as visitor perceptions before and after construction. Registration required. Contact Cheryl Lowe at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-379-5610 x 230 for more information.
May 22 - Diggin for Dinner
June 2 - MRC Meeting
Restoring natural beach functions to improve habitat for marine species.
Preventing damage to important eelgrass beds in Port Townsend Bay and other shorelines.
Surveying, monitoring and enhancing native habitat for native oysters to understand factors that limit recovery of native populations.
Working to achieve long-term stewardship for Jefferson County marine resources by building community through citizen involvement.
Partnering with North Olympic Salmon Coalition to restore of 1,800 feet of marine shoreline and creation of a pocket estuary.
Everyone can help protect our marine resources.
Volunteer with a local conservation organization such as the Port Townsend Marine Science Center, North Olympic Salmon Coalition, Jefferson Land Trust or Conservation District.
Pick up pet waste (scoop the poop), especially on the beach!
Check your car for oil leaks (stormwater flows directly into local marine waters).
Keep your septic system working properly to filter and treat septic wastewater.
Install a rain garden.
Report all spills! Call:
National Response Center:
WA Emergency Management Div:
1-800-258-5990 -OR- 1-800-OILS-911
Want to know more about preparations for an oil spill in our community? Click here.