Harbor seal featured in "Discover Our Island Shores" video. Credit: Florian Graner
"Discover Our Island Shores" - Art Contest

"Discover Our Island Shores" - Art Contest

The MRC has been working with local schools to share the educational film "Discover Our Island Shores," produced and directed by Dr. Florian Graner. This film was developed specifically for Island County students, and features species and habitats found in our local waters.

In addition to sharing the film with local schools, the MRC is hosting an art contest for students in grades 4-6. Students were asked to depict a marine plant or animal seen in the educational film "Discover Our Island Shores" and to answer the question "What will you do to make a positive impact on the Salish Sea?"

You can participate in the People's Choice award! The finalists from each grade are shown below. Click on the button below to vote for your favorite artwork and written answer for each grade level. Enjoy the beautiful and inspiring work from our local students!

Voting ends Friday, May 24.

VOTE HERE!

Grade 4 Finalists

"The positive impact I will make on the Salish Sea is to recycle more often. I hate to see animals with plastic stuck around their necks, and probably you too, so everyone needs to try harder at putting plastic, paper, and aluminum in the recycle bin. If I put recyclable things in the trash, most of it will be floating around in the Salish Sea. I also might use the appropriate food waste for compost. But mostly, recycling is what I will do to make a positive impact on the Salish Sea."

"There are many different ways that I can make a positive impact on the Salish Sea. I can make a positive impact by picking up trash, glass, and plastic. If it is not picked up all that trash will go back into the Salish Sea. Mussels are on beaches of the Salish Sea, so instead of walking on them I can go around them to keep them protected. These are some positive impacts I can do for the Salish Sea and the organisms in it."

"There are many ways that I will try to make a positive impact on the Salish Sea. I will try to pick up trash that I see so that we don't have junk out in the ocean. My family and I really enjoy walking on the beach, and we see wrappers, bottles, cans, and plastic. Next time I go to the beach, I will bring a bag to pick up trash. I won't fish because then we will be killing all of those poor sea creatures! Animals are part of our ecosystem! They deserve to live!"

"If I have to make a positive impact on the Salish Sea I would pick up trash in the water and on the beach. Also, I would shorten fishermen's time to catch fish so they would only get to catch a few fish so more fish will stay alive. That is going to be my positive impact on the Salish Sea."

"To make a positive impact on the Salish Sea, I would like to compost more. I love gardening and so does my mom, so we can really use the compost. Also, we can recycle more and reuse paper. This as well as reducing how much we use plastic will really make a difference."

Grade 5 Finalists

"To make a positive impact on the Salish Sea, I will make sure to take reusable grocery bags to the grocery store and to get paper bags instead of plastic bags."

"Research has shown that resident orca whales are endangered because of changes in their habitat, including a decline in their food supply. I can't supply the whales with more fish, but I can help keep the Salish Sea clean by picking up litter. Perhaps with a cleaner environment, the seals and fish that make up the orcas' diet can thrive. I hope that the Salish Sea will be healthy and beautiful for many, many years to come."

"What I would do to help the ocean is reduce the amount of plastic we put in the ocean by switching to paper and aluminum products instead of plastic and encouraging others to do the same."

"I will make a positive impact on the Salish Sea by recycling all of my plastic so that it doesn't end up in the Salish Sea."

"To make a positive impact on the Salish Sea I will not mess with wildlife habitat or the animals. I will not take or add unfamiliar wildlife to the Salish Sea. It is important we do not harm or take sea life from the wild."

Grade 6 Finalists

"I would make a positive impact on the Salish Sea by reusing water bottles, and to clean up after doing something."

"To make a positive impact on the Salish Sea I will learn about it and use that information to make a positive impact on the Salish Sea. I will also make sure to recycle whenever possible and not litter. Also, if I find litter I will pick it up and dispose of it properly so it will not get into the water."

"I am gonna reuse water bottles so that not as much plastic goes to the ocean."

"I would not litter, or flush things like medicine."

"Reusable plastic bags and helping poor seals stuck in fish nets."

"Discover Our Island Shores" - Art Contest