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
Bull kelp bed at Ben Ure Island. Credit: Debra Paros.

Explore our Island County Waters!

Ever wondered what’s right below the water’s surface? Check out this video taken in a bull kelp bed off of Ebey’s Landing. The video features herring and other forage fish flitting among the magnificent blades of bull kelp.

Learn about the 2017 bull kelp survey and explore lots of other underwater footage here!

Sandy Dubpernell showing her new award. Credit: Jill Hein

Sandy Dubpernell honored as 2018 Coastal Volunteer of the Year!

Sandy Dubpernell was selected as the 2018 Island County Coastal Volunteer of the Year. Sandy has been involved in many conservation efforts, including assisting with strandings through the Central Puget Sound Marine Mammal Network.

Sandy can often be found walking the beaches to gather information on injured marine mammals or educating visitors at the Langley Whale Museum.

MRC Retreat. Credit: Elsa Schwartz

Island County MRC seeking new members!

The Island County Board of Commissioners is seeking applicants to serve on the Island County Marine Resources Committee. Be a part of the work to protect and restore our local marine resources!

For more information and to fill out an application, check out our "About Us" page.