Smith and Minor Islands Aquatic Reserve

The Smith & Minor Islands Aquatic Reserve features expansive kelp beds and nutrient rich waters, surrounding the Smith and Minor Islands National Wildlife Refuge. Located off the west shores of Whidbey Island, the pristine ecosystem attracts multitudes of migrating, nesting, and foraging birds, fish, and marine mammals.

Smith & Minor Islands

The Smith & Minor Islands Aquatic Reserve features expansive kelp beds and nutrient rich waters, surrounding the Smith and Minor Islands National Wildlife Refuge. Located off the west shores of Whidbey Island, the pristine ecosystem attracts multitudes of migrating, nesting, and foraging birds, fish, and marine mammals.

The Smith & Minor Islands Aquatic Reserve is a highly diverse, productive, and unique ecosystem located off the west side of Whidbey Island in Island County. It encompasses approximately 36,308 acres of state-owned land and is adjacent to several miles of pristine shoreline. The Reserve’s boundary includes the western coast of Whidbey Island from Joseph Whidbey State Park to just south of Fort Ebey State Park. The boundary extends seawards to a depth of 200 feet, encompassing Smith and Minor Islands.

The Smith & Minor Islands Citizen Stewardship Committee formed to increase public participation in the Aquatic Reserve process and assist DNR’s Aquatic Reserve Program to successfully implement the Reserve’s management plan. The Committee conducts scientific monitoring projects, performs education and outreach activities, and keeps an eye out for actions in and around the reserve that may impact the ecosystem.

The Smith & Minor Islands Citizen Stewardship Committee has many opportunities for volunteer involvement and wants YOU to get involved. For more information about volunteering or any of the opportunities below contact us.

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