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Educational Forum: Shellfish Aquaculture [Port Townsend]

“PRESS RELEASE (June 6, 2019)
Event: Shellfish Aquaculture Educational Forum
Date: June 28, 1-5 pm
Location: Northwest Maritime Center, 431 Water St, Port Townsend
Contact: Cheryl Lowe, Coordinator, Jefferson County Marine Resources Committee, 360-379-5610 x 230

The Jefferson County Marine Resources Committee (MRC) is hosting a Shellfish Aquaculture Educational Forum on Friday, June 28th at 1 pm at the Northwest Maritime Center in Port Townsend. The MRC has organized this forum to increase public understanding of shellfish aquaculture issues, management and impacts by providing a variety of perspectives and emphasizing science-based information. Presenters from the research community, regulatory agencies, environmental groups and shellfish growers will address a range of issues related to ecological, cultural and economic aspects of growing clams, oysters, mussels and geoducks.

Speakers include Jodie Toft (Deputy Director of the Puget Sound Restoration Fund), Kurt Grinnell (Council Member for the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe), Bobbi Hudson (Executive Director of the Pacific Shellfish Institute), Rick Mraz (WA Dept of Ecology), Dave Kangiser and Mark Toy (WA Dept of Health), Amy Carey (Director of Sound Action) and Dave Steele (owner of Rock Point Oyster Co.).

The program is free, but pre-registration is required. For more info about the program and how to register, go to

Funding for this program is provided through the Northwest Straits Commission, Puget Sound Partnership and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Northwest Maritime Center is also a sponsor.

About Jefferson County Marine Resources Committee: The Jefferson County Marine Resources Committee (MRC) is a citizen-based volunteer committee appointed by the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners. It is one of seven county-based MRCs which conduct marine and nearshore restoration, conservation, and education projects with diverse partners and community members. For more information visit”