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 May 8th, 2014

*Note: This meeting is scheduled for the second Thursday of the month due to the Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference (April 30 - May 2), and will be held in the Municipal Court Building, Fireside Room, 625 Halleck St. Bellingham.

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

 What's Happening?
  • April 3rd - Fukushima Radiation: Where is it and what it may mean to you Dr. Kim Martini, University of Washington, will be providing a presentation about the radiation leak from Fukushima including where it is moving in the ocean, the concentrations being seen, potential ...
    Posted Mar 18, 2014, 2:00 PM by Austin Rose
  • MRC Vacancy - Relevant Scientific Expertise Are you interested in joining the Whatcom County Marine Resources Committee?  The MRC is looking for an individual with relevant scientific expertise to fill an open position on the Committee ...
    Posted Mar 4, 2014, 9:56 AM by Austin Rose
  • Oil Spill Response and Preparedness Workshop - A Free Public Event The Trans Mountain pipeline proposal by Kinder Morgan Canada would result in a dramatic increase in tanker traffic: from about 5 tankers a month currently to up to 34 tankers ...
    Posted Jan 23, 2014, 10:34 AM by Austin Rose
  • December 5th - Dr. John Incardona (NOAA Fisheries Science Center)- Oil Spills and Stormwater Dr. John Incardona, Supervisory Research Toxicologist at NOAA Fisheries Science Center, will be providing a presentation on oil spills and how oil spills overlap with everyday stormwater runoff in our ...
    Posted Nov 25, 2013, 3:20 PM by Austin Rose
  • November 7th- Nutrient and oxygen dynamics in Bellingham Bay: An investigation of factors driving bottom water hypoxia Dr. Jude Apple, a Marine Scientist at Western Washington University's Shannon Point Marine Center, will be presenting an ongoing study of nutrient and oxygen dynamics in Bellingham Bay which ...
    Posted Oct 28, 2013, 12:47 PM by Austin Rose
  • Climate Change and the Future of Food Symposium- October 31st The climate in the Pacific Northwest is changing.  With those changes come challenges and opportunities for the marine and land-based food systems we rely on for our health, economic ...
    Posted Oct 28, 2013, 12:21 PM by Austin Rose
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322 N. Commercial St., Ste. 110
Bellingham,WA 98225
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