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.

Image: Jeanne Hyde

New Storyboard! San Juan County Southern Resident Killer Whale Stewardship Efforts

 We are excited to share our new storyboard on our efforts towards Southern Resident killer whale stewardship over the past 20 years. Walk through the history and learn about the key actions of the County and the MRC. 

This storyboard was made possible through funding from the Northwest Straits Foundation. It is also a tribute to the dedication and hard work of all previous and current MRC members in San Juan County. 

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