Our mission is to protect and restore the marine environments of East Jefferson County by raising community awareness of issues and generating support for Northwest Straits Commission (NWSC) programs and activities.
We are one of seven Marine Resources Committees (MRCs) in the Northern Puget Sound region that were formed in 1998 under the Northwest Straits Marine Conservation Initiative. This Congressional initiative founded the NWSC, which was tasked with improving the overall health of the Northwest Straits ecosystem by developing and proposing scientifically-sound recommendations to decision-makers. The MRCs were created to provide local input to the NWSC, which in turn provides MRCs with scientific, technical, and financial assistance.
We are a citizen-based, volunteer committee appointed by Jefferson County Board of Commissioners. Our members come from the fishing, boating, aquaculture, environmental, marine education, tribal, and government communities. We serve the County in strictly an advisory capacity, having no regulatory or enforcement responsibilities.
Our goal is to promote an ethic of stewardship, support science-based projects, and work in partnership with other groups involved with preserving and conserving the Puget Sound and greater Salish Sea.