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 grants and direct funding for local efforts by the County.
San Juan County is actively engaged in Southern Resident killer whale recovery efforts. These efforts include 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 was also actively engaged in the Washington State Governor's Orca Task Force and continues to work to implement the recommendations of the 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.