Island County Marine Resources Committee (MRC) is an advisory body to county government established in 1999 and comprised of many community volunteers who represent diverse interests and industries, with the common goal to protect and restore marine resources in the Puget Sound area through scientific monitoring, restoration projects, and community education.

MRC Meeting
Room B-102, County Annex Building, Coupeville
Pigeon Guillemot. Credit: Emily Bishop

Pigeon Guillemots on Whidbey Island, Washington: A Six-Year Monitoring Study

A study summarizing six years of monitoring pigeon guillemots on Whidbey Island has been published in Northwestern Naturalist.

Check out the work of the MRC, in collaboration with Whidbey Audubon to monitor these interesting birds!

Lois Farrington sampling for forage fish eggs. Credit: Ruth Richards

Surf smelt eggs found in Cornet Bay!

Our MRC forage fish team discovered surf smelt eggs adjacent to the Cornet Bay restoration area in Deception Pass State Park. The restoration project, a partnership with Island County MRC, Northwest Straits Foundation, and Deception Pass State Park, included the removal of a large creosote bulkhead and contaminated fill, and re-grading the beach to a natural contour. This finding from September is the first documented evidence of surf smelt spawning in Cornet Bay!

Read more about this discovery in the Whidbey News Times article linked below.