Marine Resources Committees

"I am very grateful for the Island County MRC! These dedicated and talented volunteer members bring a world of experience to the table for the benefit of our whole community. Our MRC projects illustrate the power of local stewardship."

Helen Price Johnson

Island County Commissioner

How it Works

Established through the congressionally authorized Northwest Straits Marine Conservation Initiative, Marine Resources Committees (MRCs) are county-based committees of volunteers appointed by their local elected officials who address local threats to the marine environment, complementing the efforts of existing authorities. Each MRC has specific local preservation and protection actions that reflect local priorities in their areas yet contribute to broader marine conversations goals. Projects carried out by MRCs include restoring nearshore, intertidal and estuarine habitats, mapping eelgrass beds, providing outreach and education to local communities, restoring native shellfish populations, installing rain gardens, and many more.

PrincipAL Work

  1. Identify priorities and implement projects for local marine resources protection
  2. Advise their county governments on marine resources issues and policies
  3. Conduct projects driven by sound science to inform local marine resources management
  4. Engage their community and build greater stewardship of the local marine environment

Benefits of a local MRC

MRCs provide a forum to mobilize citizen support for marine conservation. Working in harmony with the Puget Sound Action Agenda, MRCs generate and implement practical, on-the-ground projects that benefit the ecosystem and the economy of the Northwest Straits region. The Northwest Straits Commission provides regional perspective and ensures that MRCs have the tools and scientific information to make decisions. The Northwest Straits Foundation works to identify and pursue additional funding opportunities for MRC priority projects.