San Juan County Marine Resources Committee (MRC) is a voluntary citizens advisory group to County Government, established in 1996. Our mission is to protect and restore the marine waters, habitats and species of the Salish Sea to achieve ecosystem health and sustainable resource use.

MRC Monthly meeting
: The Grange, Friday Harbor

Come and meet the MRC at San Juan County Fair! August 14th - 17th, San Juan Island.


We are looking forward to meeting County residents and visitors alike at this years' San Juan County Fair. Fair goers can learn about the role of the MRC in protecting, restoring and managing the County's marine resources, the Marine Stewardship Area of the San Juans, and our efforts for the endangered Southern Resident killer whales, including our ambitious efforts to educate boaters and influence boater behavior with the Whale Warning Flag. 

Come by and say hi at booth #158!


J. Boyd, Western Prince Whale Watching

The Whale Warning Flag Study

If you would like a flag for your boat email us at

In 2018 we launched the Whale Warning Flag pilot study and associated education and outreach campaign aimed at shifting boater behavior around whales. We are collaborating with Soundwatch and SRKW experts to collect and analyze data on compliance levels and general boater awareness of how to behave in the vicinity of whales.


Learn more about our projects and how you can get involved by attending our monthly meetings on the first Thursday of the month at San Juan Island Grange.

Photo: NWSI