Marine Resources

Southern Resident killer whales by Sandy Buckley JUNE 24 2008

Marine Resources

Marine resource preservation and restoration in San Juan County is supported by both the Northwest Straits Initiative’s Marine Resources Committee and through a combination of grants and direct funding for local efforts by the County. 

Current Projects:

Southern Resident Killer Whale Recovery

San Juan County is actively engaged in Southern Resident killer whale recovery efforts. These efforts include engaging with the local community, working with scientists, and coordinating with federal, tribal, and state partners in whale recovery initiatives at the local level. The County was also actively engaged in the Washington State Governor's Orca Task Force and continues to work to implement the recommendations of the Task Force. 

Whale Warning Flag - Photo by jeanne Hyde

Current Projects:

The Marine Resources Committee

The San Juan County Marine Resources Committee (MRC) was started in 1996 as a grassroots effort to establish local management of marine resources. The Committee draws from a broad spectrum of the community and brings a diversity of perspectives and expertise to this volunteer committee.

View the members of the San Juan County Marine Resources Committee.

All MRC meeting agendas and minutes can be found on the MRC website.

MRC Logo Final

The MRC's goals include:

  • Advising the San Juan County Council on marine resource issues
  • Participating in local and regional processes affecting marine resource management
  • Developing resources for local marine science, ecosystem preservation and recovery projects
  • Raising awareness and engaging citizens in marine issues
  • Managing marine preservation and recovery projects

Learn more about the MRC and it's current projects through their website and facebook pages.

Crescent Beach, Orcas Island