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 - May 2019
Last year's rain garden planting. photo by Cheryl Lowe

Plant a New Rain Garden - Apr 30th

Volunteers are needed to help plant a new rain garden in uptown Port Townsend. Rain gardens capture and treat stormwater runoff, preventing contaminants from reaching local marine waters. This is a collaborative effort with the Jefferson MRC, WSU Extension, City of Port Townsend and community volunteers like you!

Sign up for a shift or 2 on Tuesday, Apr 30:

  • 9:30a - 12:30pm
  • 1 - 3:30 pm
  • 3:30 - 5 pm
  • Or come for as long as you can.
  • Email Cheryl Lowe ( ) with your preferred shift. We'll get back to you with details about location and what to bring.

Catch More Crab in 2019

Mark your calendars--two free Crabbing 101 programs (Sunday June 23 in Port Townsend and Wed June 26 in Port Hadlock), sponsored by Jefferson MRC.  Jefferson and Clallam MRCs are working with the Northwest Straits Foundation on a 3-year grant to reduce the number of lost crab pots which become derelict fishing gear. We'll be testing effectiveness of outreach efforts by measuring the number of derelict pots found in Port Townsend Bay and Dungeness Bay before and after our outreach efforts.

Registration opens in late May.