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.

Monthly Meeting - June 2019

Crabbing 101

  • Sun. June 23, 11am (Port Townsend)
  • Wed June 26, 4:30 pm (Port Hadlock)

**If these dates don't work, Clallam MRC's programs are June 11 at John Wayne Marina and June 20 at the Port Angeles LIbrary.

Free crabber education programs will be offered by the Jefferson and Clallam MRCs in June.  We are working with the Northwest Straits Foundation on a 3-year grant to reduce the number of lost crab pots in local bays. Lost pots become derelict fishing gear that continues to capture and kill crab. We'll be measuring effectiveness of outreach efforts by collecting derelict pots found in Port Townsend Bay and Dungeness Bay before and after outreach efforts. More overall project info here and more info about workshops here.

This month, contractors will be removing 255 derelict pots in Port Townsend Bay and 151 pots in Dungeness Bay, just 4 and 5 years respectively after these bays were swept for derelict pots in a previous project! Learn more so your pots aren't lost, too.

RSVP required. For more info and to register: 

June 23rd Port Townsend

June 26th Port Hadlock 

2019 rain garden installation. photo by Cheryl Lowe

New Rain Garden Installed

Twenty-three volunteers joined Jefferson MRC, WSU Extension and City of Port Townsend to help plant the newest MRC's rain garden at the corner of Lincoln and Adams St in uptown Port Townsend in late April. Rain gardens capture and treat stormwater runoff, preventing contaminants from reaching local marine waters and this is the 9th MRC rain garden collaborative. 

Groundbreakers, the AAUW garden group, has pledged to help the adjacent landowner care for this latest installation. Thank you, everyone!