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
MRC Meeting
: Room B-102, County Annex Building, Coupeville

MRC Participating in Great Northwest Glass Quest!

We are excited to be participating 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 will be hiding TEN BALLS from February 14-23 at participating parks on Camano Island. We will be providing clues throughout this period on our website and social media to help you find the balls. You will search for a plastic clue ball at the public parks. If you find an MRC ball, it will give you more details about how to collect your prize – a limited edition Glass Quest hand-blown glass ball!

For more information about the Glass Quest, check out their webpage and the Quester’s Guidebook. Keep an eye out here and on social media for clues starting on Friday, February 14!

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.