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Fishing derby upcoming

Submitted by Bart DeFreitas--The Massett Marine Rescue Society (MMRS) is an incorporated non-profit organization of
volunteers who operate under the banner of the Coast Guard Auxiliary Unit 45. Our primary purpose is to respond to marine emergencies such as the search and rescue of overdue and endangered vessels in the Dixon Entrance area. In an effort to decrease the number of emergency incidents and protect the loss of life and property, our members also promote marine safety practices to the boating public on a year round basis.
Our organization depends on local fundraising efforts to purchase and maintain specialized marine rescue equipment and cover the costs of search and rescue training. Our current
priority is to replace our 15 year old rescue vessel so our crew can have reliable equipment to safely and effectively resolve emergency incidents. Our primary fundraising event is the Greater Massett Fishing Derby June 18-19.
The derby encourages anglers and their families to participate in a fun boating activity. The event is always well-attended and generally offers excellent prizes to people who catch the largest salmon &/or halibut, and those who had poor luck. Last year, over $3,000 in cash prizes and $5,000 in merchandize prizes were awarded to participants.