I come from a long line of family, going back to the 17th Century, who earned their living from the seas of the English Channel. They were mostly fishermen (and perhaps some pirates or soldiers) all having a close connection to the salt water, a trait I share.
I was born in New Westminster BC in 1941, and after university at UBC came south to the States. I spent two years at Stanford's Hopkins Marine Station, a couple of years teaching on the east coast and then returned home to join Huxley College of the Environment in 1970 to teach marine ecology.
The Salish Sea is my home. Through participating in ecosystem based studies in the 1980's it became clear to me that the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the Strait of Georgia and the Puget Sound are all one interconnected estuarine ecosystem. I believe that we will not be successful in restoring and protecting the natural values of the waters we live beside until we, all 8 million or so of us, become better stewards of the Salish Sea.