Clallam MRC 2018 Summer Projects
The summer months are the busiest time for Clallam MRC. This year we have hired seven student interns to help out on the following projects: kelp bed monitoring, west Elwha Beach stewardship, educational outreach to recreational crabbers, pigeon guillemot breeding surveys and, in close collaboration with the Makah and Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, removal of the invasive green crab. The internships will culminate at the Intern Celebration August 20th.
Clallam MRC members, volunteers and interns are in the field collecting data on the extent of three kelp beds, beach usage including dog waste at west Elwha Beach, pigeon guillemot breeding colonies at 10 locations along the Strait of Juan de Fuca, forage fish spawning at five locations along the Strait, and shellfish at Pillar Point for biotoxin analysis. In addition, the Olympia oyster restoration effort in Sequim Bay will be expanded to include ½ - ¾ acre of tidelands in the head of the bay.
If you are interested in more information or volunteering on any of these projects click here.
Catch More Crabs!
June 30th the recreational crabbing season will open in Clallam County. Again in 2018 Clallam MRC has joined the efforts by the Northwest Straits Initiative and other MRCs to inform recreational crabbers on how to keep their pots and thereby catch more crabs. To avoid loosing your pot this is what you can do:
- AVOID MARINE TRANSIT AND FERRY LANES
- CHECK TIDES AND CURRENTS. Avoid crabbing during strong tidal changes and currents.
- USE HIGH VISIBILITY BUOYS to clearly mark your gear.
- USE A WEIGHTED LINE to sink below the surface and avoid being cut by passing boats.
- WEIGHT YOUR POT so they do not move in high currents or tidal changes
- USE LONGER LINE. Use 1/3 more line than water depth to allow for changes in tides and currents
- SECURE LID AND ESCAPE PANELS WITH BIODEGRADABLE COTTON ESCAPE CORD. This allows crabs to escape from lost pots after the cord degrades.
Crabbers should look for out two Clallam MRC interns at your local boat launches during the crabbing season. They will be providing educational materials about correctly setting your crab pot including free crab gauges and escape cords. Watch great videos about best practices here.