WHAT SNOHOMISH COUNTY MRC IS DOING
The MRC kayak surveys cover the entire southern portion of the Snohomish County Nearshore from the Snohomish/King county border to the Snohomish River Delta. The MRC uses a standard protocol developed by The Northwest Straits Commission to simply and reliably monitor changes in existing kelp beds.
You can download detailed printable maps of kelp beds in Edmonds, Meadowdale and Mukilteo. Each map compares acres of kelp measured in 2015 through summer 2018. The Snohomish County MRC also provides an interactive map of current and historical kelp measurement data for regions where we currently monitor.
Between 2015-2018, there has been a 77% decline in the area of kelp beds surveyed, and six of the nine beds originally found have disappeared. The MRC will continue to monitor kelp beds to better understand trends