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Educational Presentation: Sea Star Wasting Disease 

Join the Island MRC at their August 4th meeting, where Shannon Phillips, the Port Townsend Marine Science Center's AmeriCorps Marine Exhibit Environmental Educator, will give a presentation on their citizen science program that studies sea star wasting disease.

With one of the longest running citizen science program’s in the nation, PTMSC was able to monitor the epidemic, informing scientists and engaging the community on the status of our stars. Shannon will discuss two sea star wasting monitoring projects: tank monitoring and intertidal monitoring, the importance of studying the disease, the results they've seen from these studies, and monitoring plans for the future.

The MRC meets from 3:30pm - 5:30pm in the Commissioners' Hearing Room on the Island County campus in Coupeville. More information here.



Check out updates to SoundIQ 

Distribution data on a variety of nearshore features and creatures (from overwater structures to forage fish eggs) have been collected by the Northwest Straits Commission Marine Resource Committees over more than 15 years.  SoundIQ is a repository for that data in an accessible online map format. SoundIQ is also available on mobile devices. Check it out here!

Island County MRC - Who We Are

Island County Marine Resources Committee (MRC) is an advisory body to county government, established in 1999 under the federal Northwest Straits Initiative. We and our MRC colleagues in six other counties of northern Puget Sound comprise the Northwest Straits Commission. Congress established the commission as a fresh approach to addressing Puget Sound’s problems by fostering bottom-up, local, innovative solutions, rather than top-down mandates.

The members of our MRC are volunteers and represent diverse interests, industries and agendas. They bring a cross-section of disciplines and experience to this work, and are joined in a single, unifying passion to do what is best for our local marine environment.

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Upcoming Meetings

August 4, 2015: Agenda
Educational Presentation: Sea Star Wasting Disease

September - May: 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 3:30-5:30pm, Room B-102, County Annex Bldg., Coupeville. June-August: 1st Tuesdays only, same time and location.


Cornet Bay Restoration - Results!

Cornet Bay before and after

MRC Strategic Plan and Action Plan 2010-2020Strategic Plan front cover

MRC Nearshore ReportMRC Nearshor Report



Island County MRC | Island County Dept. of Natural Resources | PO Box 5000 | Coupeville, WA 98239-5000 | main (360)679.7350