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.

Cornet Bay Vegetation Day!
: Cornet Bay
Vegetation maintenance at Cornet Bay

Help Care for Cornet Bay!

The MRC is partnering with the Northwest Straits Foundation and Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group to provide weeding and maintenance at the Cornet Bay shoreline restoration area this summer. Enjoy some time outside, get your hands a little dirty, and soak up the summer sun (or liquid sunshine, if that’s the case :) - all while caring for this beautiful restoration site.

The events will be held from 10am-1pm on the following days:

  • Monday, June 18th
  • Monday, July 16th
  • Friday, July 27th
  • Friday, August 10th
  • Friday, August 24th
  • Thursday, September 6th
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.