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.

Annual Report Available

Forage fish findings, kelp kayak surveys, outreach events, and much more! We've been up to a lot this past year. Read more about our projects and accomplishments in our annual report!


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.

Volunteers seining at Cornet Bay. Credit: Anna Toledo

Report on Fish Use at Cornet Bay

Our volunteers have been conducting beach seine fish sampling at Cornet Bay for 8 years to study how juvenile salmonids and other fish utilize the nearshore habitat at this restoration site.

The report summarizing the results from these 8 years of pre and post-restoration data is available now.

Restored area of Cornet Bay. Credit: Ruth Richards

Forage fish eggs at Cornet Bay!

We just got the analysis results back from our August forage fish surveys at Cornet Bay, and we have documented presence of surf smelt spawning within the restored area!

A creosote bulkhead and contaminated fill were removed from this area in 2012, and the beach was regraded to restore the area to natural conditions suitable for forage fish spawning. This finding indicates the first documented presence of smelt spawning at this site.

Read more about our forage fish survey project here.

Read more about the Cornet Bay restoration project here.