The Whatcom County Marine Resources Committee (MRC) was established by the County Council in 1999 to protect and enhance the local marine environment and contribute to the protection of the marine environment of the Northwest Straits.  The Whatcom MRC is one of seven MRCs established in the Northwest Straits region as part of the federal Northwest Straits Marine Conservation Initiative.

MRC meetings are held the first Thursday of the month from 6 to 8 pm at Whatcom County Civic Center, 322 N. Commercial Street, Bellingham, Garden Level Conference Room.  Meetings are open to the public.

Next Meeting: September 3, 2015

Meeting information, including past agendas and meeting summaries can be found HERE.

 What's Happening?
  • Kick off Whatcom Water Weeks at Shuckin' on the Farm - Saturday, September 12 Enjoy local food, music, rides, displays, activities and more at “Shuckin’ on the Farm” – the kickoff event for this year’s Whatcom Water Weeks. On Saturday, September 12, head out ...
    Posted Aug 25, 2015, 8:19 AM by Austin Rose
  • Public Speaker Event with Dr. Robin Kodner, WWU- What are all those algae in the bay? Thursday, July 30 7-8pm in Blaine Interested in learning about what makes algal blooms harmful and how they affect coastal communities? Join the Whatcom MRC, Birch Bay Watershed and Aquatic Resources Management District , and the Whatcom ...
    Posted Jul 17, 2015, 10:49 AM by Austin Rose
  • What's the Point - Saturday, June 6, Noon - 4pm at Point Whitehorn Reserve Are you interested in learning about intertidal zones, glacier-formed landscapes, native plants, resident birds and the history of Point Whitehorn?  Join the Whatcom MRC and other local organizations at ...
    Posted Jun 1, 2015, 2:48 PM by Austin Rose
  • Birch Bay Beach Day - Saturday, June 6, 12-4 Join the Whatcom MRC on Saturday June 6 at Birch Bay State Park to celebrate Birch Bay Beach Day!  Learn about water quality around Whatcom County, biotoxins, shellfish, marine mammals ...
    Posted May 22, 2015, 9:47 AM by Austin Rose
  • June 3 water quality monitoring training for interested citizen scientist volunteers Are you interested in becoming a water quality monitoring volunteer?  Several organizations and agencies in Whatcom County are looking for citizen scientists to help with their water quality programs.  Attend ...
    Posted May 8, 2015, 12:18 PM by Austin Rose
  • Blaine Water Fest 2015 - Sunday, June 7 from 11-3pm Improving water quality is important for recreation, shellfish harvest, and salmon in Whatcom County water bodies.  “Due to threats to shellfish harvest, Blaine Public Works has been awarded funds from ...
    Posted May 7, 2015, 4:33 PM by Austin Rose
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322 N. Commercial St., Ste. 110
Bellingham,WA 98225
(360) 778-6286

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