Marine Resources preservation and restoration in the Islands is supported by both the Northwest Straits Initiative’s Marine Resources Committee, and through a combination of grant and direct funding for local efforts by the County to inform and educate the public about best practices to protect the endangered Southern Resident killer whale.
San Juan County is actively engaged in Southern Resident killer whale recovery efforts. These efforts including engaging with the local community, working with scientists, and coordinating with federal, tribal, and state partners in whale recovery initiatives at the local level. The County is also actively engaged in the Washington State Governor's Orca Task Force.
The San Juan County Marine Resources Committee (MRC) was started in 1996 as a grassroots effort to establish local management of marine resources. The Committee draws from a broad spectrum of the community and brings a diversity of perspectives and expertise to the San Juan MRC.