What's New at Snohomish County MRC
Enter Photos on How You #CatchMoreCrabSnoCo!
As a recreational crabber, you can help reduce lost crab pots in Snohomish County marine waters. Win crabbing related prizes by submitting photos on how you #CatchMoreCrabSnoCo! The Snohomish County MRC is hosting the #CatchMoreCrabSnoCo photo contest to encourage use of these tips to keep your crab pots. Upload your crabbing photos to Instagram and tag them with #CatchMoreCrabSnoCo.
Click here for contest information, and expert tips to keep your crab pots!
Now Hiring: Marine Resources Program Assistant
The Snohomish MRC is now taking applications for a Program Assistant. This is a Department of Ecology- Washington Conservation Corps Individual Placement position with Snohomish County Surface Water Management’s Marine Resources Program in Everett, WA. Job duties involve assisting MRC staff with project planning and implementation, public outreach and education, website management, and general MRC coordination. The Program Assistant will have a unique opportunity to work on a variety of projects—from recreational crabber education, to forage fish spawning surveys.
A full job description can be found here.
Students Share Tips to #CatchMoreCrabSnoCo
Snohomish County MRC engaged local students to raise awareness about the issue of lost crab pots in Puget Sound. Students from Olympic View Middle School learned about tips to avoid losing crab pots and how the MRC is using the #CatchMoreCrabSnoCo photo contest to raise awareness. The students applied these ideas to create artwork to help promote best practices, like using weighted line or avoiding high boat traffic areas. A selection of the artwork is on display on the Snohomish County campus in Everett and all artwork submitted can be viewed here.
The Northwest Straits Commission (NWSC) has officially released Sound IQ! Sound IQ is an interactive online map delivering a wealth of nearshore data. The NWSC collaborated with several Marine Resource Committees, including Snohomish County, to make data available for viewing in a single user-friendly site. Users can explore different data layers, such as the locations of eelgrass beds, or forage fish spawning sites. Additionally, one can generate a “Beach Report” to access original data reports for a particular stretch of shoreline.
For more information on Sound IQ, visit the NWSC's website.
To access Sound IQ, click here.
Port Susan MSA Report Card
After working with over 30 partners, a conservation action plan was developed for Port Susan in 2012 that identifies six key strategies for ecosystem recovery. The MRC hired Abby Hook, with Hook-Knauer LLC, to develop the content for a report card to highlight partner progress on these six strategies. The goal is to reconnect Port Susan partners, share and demonstrate the success that is occurring across the landscape, and galvanize new efforts. To learn more about the MSA, click here.
Port Susan MSA Video
Check out our new video about the Port Susan Marine Stewardship Area (MSA)! In May 2014, the Snohomish County Council designated Port Susan as a voluntary marine stewardship area, an action that will help future conservation efforts.
Derelict Vessels Removed from Snohomish River
Snohomish County MRC staff and members worked with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to support removal of seven derelict vessels from the Snohomish River in September 2014. This partnership between Snohomish County Public Works, the Snohomish MRC, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Department and DNR provided almost $400,000 in state funds to help address a pollution and habitat concern that has impacted the Snohomish River estuary for years. To learn more about the DNR Derelict Vessel Removal Program, click here.
Ghost Pots of Puget Sound
An estimated 12,000 crab pots are lost in Puget Sound each year. Check out our video about our work to remove these derelict pots!