The Clallam County Marine Resources Committee (MRC) was formed in 1999 as a grassroots effort to protect, restore and enhance our local marine resources. The Clallam MRC is science-based. We advise the county commissioners on relevant topics and also carry out projects and educational outreach activities. To expand the MRC’s capacity for conducting projects and educational outreach activities the committee is seeking volunteers.

Below is a list of current 2018 MRC projects. If you are interested in volunteering on any of these projects please contact Helle Andersen at handersen@co.clallam.wa.us or 360-417-2416.

Pigeon Guillemot - Be part of a team surveying breeding colonies in the Sequim and Port Angeles area. Each survey consists of one hour monitoring of the breeding colony before 9 am, one day a week from June through September. Find more information on the project page.

Shellfish Surveys at Pillar Point - Join Clallam MRC helping Washington Department of Health and Clallam County Environmental Health with shellfish sampling for biotoxins every two weeks during the spring and summer months. Each sampling effort takes about 3 hours including the drive. Transportation will be provided. Find more information on the project page.

Forage Fish - Join the Clallam MRC team conducting monthly sampling at Pitship Point, Old Town in Dungeness Bay, and Ediz Hook. You will be taking sediment samples on the beach and processing the samples at either John Wayne or Boat Heaven Marina. Find more information on the project page.

Kelp Bed Monitoring - 3 or 4 times during the summer months Clallam MRC will survey 3 kelp beds in Clallam County. The surveys will be conducted using kayaks. Depending on the size of the bed the surveys take between 1 and 3 hours in addition to a 30 minute or 1.5 hour drive to Freshwater Bay and Clallam Bay, respectively. Transportation will be provided. Find more information on the project page.