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.

Monthly MRC Meeting
: The Grange, Friday Harbor

MRC Hosts Screenings of Pategonia Film Artifishal for Orca Action Month.


We are excited to announce The MRC's screening of #Artifishal - join us to take action to protect our wild fish. The screenings will be followed by a discussion surrounding topics covered by the film as well as sharing how well managed hatchery programs can have a positive impact for whales while also protecting wild salmon populations from genetic risks.

Free screenings are taking place on Orcas, Lopez and San Juan Islands:


  • Orcas Island - June 24th 6-9pm Odd Fellows Hall.
  • Lopez Island - June 25th 6:30-8:30pm Lopez Center for Community and the Arts
  • San Juan Island - June 27th 6-9pm Brickworks


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.

Please take our 2019 pre-season survey! The data collected through out pre- and post-season surveys play a crucial part in our study of the whale flag and it's effectiveness. 

 2019 Pre-Season Survey

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