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.

Shoreline Stewardship: Solutions for Aging Bulkheads, Tide Gates and Other Shoreline Structures
:: Pacific Rim Institute (180 Parker Road, Coupeville, WA)

Free Shoreline Forum!

Do you or your community own an aging tidegate, community septic system, water system or shoreline armoring? Then this forum is for you!

Join us for an interactive discussion with County staff, state experts and communities that have been successful at finding solutions to aging infrastructure repairs/replacement.

Whidbey forum: April 21st, 9am-12:30pm. Pacific Rim Institute

Camano forum: April 28th, 9am-12:30pm. Utsalady Ladies Aid

This is a free event, but an RSVP is required. Check out our event flyer here.

Free Shoreline Vegetation Management Workshop!

Shoreline landowners are invited to attend a FREE workshop on coastal processes and shoreline erosion management using native vegetation. Island County’s marine shorelines support marine food webs and the local economy. People who live and work on shoreline properties have a large role to play in their protection and restoration. Ben Alexander from Sound Native Plants and Lisa Kaufman from the Northwest Straits Foundation will highlight the "why" and "how" of effective landscape management at this workshop designed specifically for shoreline landowners.

When: Thursday, May 3, 6pm-8pm
Where: Bayview Community Hall (5642 Bayview Rd, Langley)

The program is free, but registration is required. Check out our event flyer here.

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!

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.