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.

Bird Disturbance Survey - Smith & Minor Islands Aquatic Reserve
West Beach County Park
Crab pots. Source:

Collaborating to Clean Up Puget Sound

MRC Vice-Chair, Elsa Schwartz, recently joined the Northwest Straits Foundation to retrieve derelict crab pots off Camano Island as part of their Derelict Gear Removal Program. Read more about their efforts in this article in the Stanwood Camano News, and check out the photo gallery from their day on the water.

Source: WDFW

Your Marine Waterfront

Learn how to protect your waterfront property while promoting healthy shorelines through this user-friendly guide. The actions you take to manage and protect your waterfront property are essential for preserving the Sound as a special place for future generations. By offering choices to homeowners, this booklet shifts the focus from bulkheads, or hard techniques, toward natural and restorative approaches to protect and enhance marine waterfront properties.