How SeaDoc Makes a Difference in the Salish Sea

The SeaDoc Society, founded in 1999, conducts and sponsors scientific research in the inland waters of the Pacific Northwest, also known as the Salish Sea.

Our mission: The SeaDoc Society works to protect the health of marine wildlife and their ecosystems through science and education.

We work to figure out what’s happening to our local species, and why. And then we share that information by facilitating collaboration and networking among the different agencies, governments, and individuals who make the decisions about how the 8 million people living in the Salish Sea can live in harmony with the marine environment.

SeaDoc strives to find science-based solutions for marine wildlife in the Salish Sea using a multi-species approach. We work to advance stewardship in at-risk places, respond to emergency ecosystem health issues, educate the community, and train current and future leaders.

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More about SeaDoc:

After a decade of funding and conducting science in the Salish Sea, the SeaDoc Society recognized the need to set out basic principles for designing healthy coastal ecosysystems. In 2009 we published our Top Ten Principles for Designing a Healthy Coastal Ecosystem in the international journal, EcoHealth.

You can get a sense of the wide variety of projects we’ve done and supported since 1999 by looking at our major accomplishments. Some of these projects had immediate payoffs; others are long-term efforts.

More about the Salish Sea:

The Salish Sea is one of the world’s most productive ecosystems. You can get a better sense of just how extraordinary it is by looking at our Salish Sea Facts page and our presentation transcript, How Puget Sound Works. Both of these showcase our ecosystem-level perspective. 

For something cool to share with friends, be sure to check out our photos of the biggest, best and oldest creatures from the Salish Sea. We’ve got some world record holders right in our backyard. 

Finally, don’t miss the underwater maps section. At present this covers the San Juan Islands area. The detailed maps are important for scientists, but they’re also interesting for anyone who has spent time in the islands. 

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