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.

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MRC Meeting - WebEx

Did you know that 12,000 crab pots are lost in Puget Sound every year?

We've got some great resources for you to help keep your pot from being among that number! You can watch a webinar from our partners, pick up some free materials, and learn crabbing rules and best practices. Click on the button below to learn more.

Calling all young artists!

Looking for a creative outlet for your kids? The MRC and Sound Water Stewards are partnering to host an art contest this summer! Students in Island County who will be entering grades 2-7 in the fall are invited to submit original artwork depicting a Salish Sea animal of their own design. Students will also be asked to name their newly designed species.

Break out those art supplies and show us your creativity!

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MRC Communications Plan

How does the MRC reach the right audiences with engaging and actionable messages? The MRC communications subcommittee, led by Barbara Bennett, has developed a communications plan to help guide the MRC's outreach and communications work in the upcoming months and years. Check it out here!

Getting to the Water's Edge - Now Available!

Our partner Sound Water Stewards has published a highly-anticipated update to the book "Getting to the Water's Edge."

This guide to the Island County shoreline includes information about 69 beaches on Camano and Whidbey Islands, trail systems, stewardship best practices, local flora and fauna, and much more! Learn more about the book and grab your own copy here!