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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Jan Holmes

Now Accepting Nominations for 2021 Volunteer of the Year

Do you know someone whose volunteer efforts contribute to the protection and/or restoration of the marine waters and coastal resources of Island County?

Highlight their service by nominating them for the 2021 Jan Holmes Island County Coastal Volunteer of the Year Award!

This award is open to any volunteer, regardless of membership to any one organization or institution, participating in or supporting science and outreach efforts that protect or restore the coastal resources of Island County.

Nomination forms must be received by 4:30 PM Thursday, December 31, 2020.

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!

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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!