The Marine Resources Committee (MRC) is an advisory group to the Board of County Commissioners. MRC members are citizen volunteers committed to protecting and restoring marine habitats in our ecologically rich corner of the world.

General Meeting
Port of Port Townsend Commissioner's Building

Digging for Dinner Comes to Quilcene

The MRC is sponsoring two Digging for Dinner events in 2017:

Saturday, May 13th, 2017, 10:45 am-1 pm at Quilcene Bay WDFW Tidelands

Learn all about harvesting steamer clams on local beaches from expert WDFW shellfish biologists, then dig for your dinner on the beach with their guidance. More info HERE. Register at http://dig4dinnerQuilcene.brownpapertickets.com

Digging Oysters at Dosewallips

Friday, June 9th, 2017, 9 am-11:30 am at Dosewallips State Park in Brinnon

This site is a wonderful place to learn about harvesting oysters and several clam species from our expert WDFW shellfish biologists. Learn, then dig for your dinner on the beach with their guidance. More info HERE. Register at http://Dig4DinnerDosewallips.brownpapertickets.com

2016 Annual Report

In 2016, the MRC and its partners:

  • Completed a shoreline restoration project at Fort Townsend State Park
  • Maintained 52 acres of no anchor zones to protect eelgrass and shellfish beds in Port Townsend, Port Hadlock and Mystery Bay
  • Constructed 2 more rain gardens
  • Expanded Olympia oyster work to Quilcene Bay
  • Hosted education/outreach events
  • Brought in over $650,000 in grants and project funds and leveraged another $48,000 in match and in-kind support (including 1,877 volunteer hours).  

See the 2016 Annual Report for more about how the MRC contributes both ecological and economic value to our local communities.