MRC members at planning retreat at Camano Island State Park. Photo: Elsa Schwartz

The MRC’s purpose is to investigate, research, and identify local marine resources, and marine resource and habitat issues; recommend remedial actions to Island County agencies and authorities; carry out such recommendations where so approved; and build local awareness of the issues and broad-based community support for the remedies.

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About us

New Membership

The Island County Board of Commissioners is seeking applicants to serve on the Island County Marine Resources Committee. The Board of County Commissioners invites applicants from Whidbey and Camano Islands to express interest and request appointment.

Members of this voluntary, advisory committee serve a three-year term. The 16-member committee (13 voting members, 3 ex-officio members) meets on the first Tuesday afternoon of each month from 3-5pm. Meetings are generally held in Coupeville (8 times/year) or Camano (4 times/year).

The Board of County Commissioners seeks members representing a diverse array of stakeholders, including tribes, science, military, commercial and recreational marine users, ports, planners, engineers, agriculture, conservation groups, NGOs, education, economic interests, as well as members-at-large.

Applicants should submit a completed application by mail or email to: Anna Toledo, MRC Coordinator, PO Box 5000, Coupeville, WA 98239. Email applications should be sent to a.toledo@co.island.wa.usApplication form can be found here.

About the Committee

We are volunteers from a cross-section of disciplines working to protect and restore marine life, habitat and water quality along our county's 200+ miles of shoreline. We do this through research, restoration and education, and by promoting an ethic of stewardship. We identify problems and opportunities, and recommend remedial actions to local leaders. In addition we build community awareness of nearshore marine issues and support for the remedies.

Our members represent a wide variety of interests, including recreational fishing, agriculture, boating, science, the environment, local government, ports, tribes, higher education, and resource management.

We are one of seven MRCs in the counties of northern Puget Sound created in 1998 when Congress authorized the Northwest Straits Marine Conservation Initiative (see page 8 of the legislation). This initiative resulted from the 1998 Murray-Metcalf Northwest Straits Citizens Advisory Commission Report. The MRCs were created to provide local, broad-based, bottom-up input to the Northwest Straits Commission (NWSC). The NWSC works to improve the overall health of the Northwest Straits ecosystem by developing and proposing scientifically-sound recommendations to decision-makers and by providing scientific, technical and financial help to the MRCs.