We approach the problems of the Salish Sea with the tools of veterinary medicine. The entire ecosystem is our patient.


We fund and conduct science from Olympia in the south to Campbell River in the north. Our multi-species approach means we study everything from invertebrates to killer whales.


Our approach is unique because...


1. We focus on gaps in scientific knowledge that are blocking our efforts to heal the Salish Sea ecosystem.


2. We bring people together to solve complex issues, even across political and ideological boundaries.


3. We translate scientific findings for the benefit of managers and decision makers.


Lasting change doesn't come from science alone. It comes from communicating scientific knowledge to the right people.


People like you make our work possible.

We are largely privately funded through donations from individuals, businesses, families and foundations.


If our science-based, transboundary, whole-ecosystem, multi-species approach resonates with you, join us! With your help, SeaDoc will make sure there will still be amazing wildlife, abundant fish and shellfish to eat, and clean water for people and for wildlife far into the future.

The SeaDoc Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. We are a program of the Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center at the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, Davis.

Images are copyright their creators and used by permission unless otherwise specified:

  • Harbor porpoises by Florian Graner
  • Anemone colony by Pete Naylor
  • Black Oystercatcher on Smith Island by Bill Hoglund
  • Ling Cod by Pete Naylor
  • Great Blue Heron at the moment of impact, Creative Commons sharealike by Ingrid Taylar, via Flickr
  • Diver by Pete Naylor
  • Common Murre by Julia Parrish
  • Lion's Mane Jelly by Pete Naylor
  • Fish by Pete Naylor
  • Deception Pass bridge by Pete Naylor