What's New at Snohomish County MRC
MRC members needed!
We are seeking 1-2 motivated members to serve as citizen advisors on a committee that addresses local marine issues and recommends action to the County Executive and County Council. Interested parties are expected to have a willingness to learn about marine conservation, participate in research founded on sound science, and contribute opinions on marine issues over a three-year term that runs 2015 - 2017.
The MRC meets in Everett the third Wednesday of every month from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Members volunteer at least 15 hours per month for MRC project planning and implementation.
To apply, please send completed application to Kathleen Herrmann, Snohomish County MRC Lead Staff. The deadline for applications is December 5, 2014 or until filled.
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.
Interview with MRC Member Brent Hackney
Snohomish MRC member Brent Hackney was interviewed for the most recent Northwest Straits Foundation newsletter. Brent shared his perspectives about recreational crabbing in Puget Sound and his work on the MRC to educate recreational crabbers about best practices and remove derelict pots from our local waters. Read the interview here.
County Council designates Port Susan as Marine Stewardship Area
The Snohomish County Council designated Port Susan as a voluntary marine stewardship area May 28, 2014, an action that will help future conservation efforts.
A marine stewardship area gives local authorities and marine users a framework for conservation of the natural, cultural, economic and scenic environments. It also promotes responsible, voluntary management by increasing community stewardship and issue awareness.
To read the press release, click here.
To learn more about the project, click here.
Ghost Pots of Puget Sound
An estimated 12,000 crab pots are lost in Puget Sound each year. Check out our new video about our work to remove these derelict pots!