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Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference
April 26, 2022 @ 8:00 am – April 28, 2022 @ 5:00 pm
Honoring our Ancestors: Visions for Future Generations and the Salish Sea
Virtual Poster Sessions – Virtual Plenary Sessions – Speaker Panels
The Salish Sea is an international sea that includes the Strait of Georgia in British Columbia, Canada and Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca in Washington state, US. It’s an area of spectacular beauty, biologically rich marine waters and rich cultural history. The Salish Sea is also experiencing detrimental impacts of human development and has suffered significant loss of marine fish and wildlife populations.
The Salish Sea name recognizes the Coast Salish peoples who were the first inhabitants and who continue to reside in the region. Over seven million people live, work and play in the Salish Sea watershed. They benefit from the area’s rich natural resources and deep culture. Vancouver, BC and Seattle, WA anchor the northern and southern portions of the ecosystem and provide dynamic economic growth and highly urbanized environments. By the year 2025, the Salish Sea regional population is expected to be over nine million people. Sustaining the Salish Sea ecosystem is critical to economic vitality, the preservation of indigenous cultures and quality of life.
This virtual conference brings together scientists, First Nations and tribal government representatives, resource managers, community and business leaders, knowledge holders and policymakers for presentations addressing the most pressing issues and solutions from stormwater monitoring and management, to orca protection and impacts of climate change.