The Jefferson MRC Committee

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.

About us

Member Vacancies

The Jefferson County Marine Resources Committee (MRC) currently has openings for the following volunteer position on the MRC: 

  • Recreation Alternate Representative

The MRC advises the Board of Commissioners on issues related to the marine resources of east Jefferson County and sponsors projects that reflect local priorities. Applicants should have experience, demonstrated interest and/or affiliation with marine and shoreline-related activities, organizations or businesses. Volunteers serve four-year terms.

MRC members are expected to attend monthly evening meetings. Alternates for each position participate in all MRC meetings, discussions and activities and vote on issues when the Representative for that position is absent. 

Applicants must submit a letter of interest and a MRC Application Form. Positions are open until filled. Read more (including District map) here or download an Application. Contact Cheryl Lowe (email or call 360-379-5610 x 230. if you have questions.  Review of applications for the above position will begin June 15, 2018.


About the Committee

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.