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.

Photo credit: Rich Yukubousky
Canceled: Rain Garden Tour

Thank you for participating in The Great Northwest Glass Quest!

The MRC was so excited to participate in this year’s Great Northwest Glass Quest! The Glass Quest is an annual treasure hunt on Camano Island and Stanwood to find beautiful hand-blown glass balls.

The MRC hid ten clue balls at participating parks on Camano Island. Those who found a clue ball met up with an MRC member to receive their price – a limited edition Glass Quest hand-blown glass ball!

For more information about the Glass Quest, check out their webpage.

Linda Rhodes monitors the bull kelp bed at Ebey’s Landing. Photo by Kelly Zupich.

Bull kelp in Island County

Did you know about 9% of Island County’s shoreline has associated bull kelp? Have you wondered what our volunteers are doing to monitor bull kelp? Want to see some of the amazing marine life found within kelp beds?

The MRC’s webpage on bull kelp monitoring has been updated with new information, videos, and the report on the 2019 monitoring season. Learn more about the project and the importance of bull kelp in our ecosystem.

Island County MRC seeking new member!

The Island County Board of Commissioners is seeking applicants for an open voting seat 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.