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Click on the images below to begin exploring the places and people that make up the waters known as the Salish Sea.

View of the Salish Sea from the International Space Station.

Visionary Bert Webber

If you’ve just moved to the Pacific Northwest, you could be forgiven for thinking the concept of the Salish Sea has been around for a long time. After all, use of the phrase is ubiquitous.

Stefan Freelan

Mapmaker Stefan Freelan

The sea stretches from Puget Sound in the South all the way north to Desolation Sound and extends westward to include the strait of Juan de Fuca and the eastern shores of Vancouver Island.

Dana Lyons

Songwriter Dana Lyons

Music that connects people to the land and sea has been with us for centuries. Recent singer-songwriters such as Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell have built on that tradition.

Brian Young

Pacific Pilotage Authority’s Brian Young

Plans by Kinder Morgan to expand its Trans-Mountain pipeline could more than triple the amount of crude oil arriving at the pipeline’s terminus in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Elwha River

Nearshore Biologist Anne Shaffer

Squid eggs and harlequin ducks are the latest signs of renewed life on the beach at the mouth of the Elwha River.

Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

Biologist David Troutt

With Mount Rainier looming in the distance, a huge expanse of marshlands extends where the fresh water of the river meets the salt water of southern Puget Sound. This is the southern end of the Salish Sea.

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Tsleil-Waututh Councilor Charlene Aleck

One of the biggest concerns about the future of the Salish Sea is the likely expansion of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline.

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Spill Map Program Manager Ross Dixon

Take a walk around the tony Dundarave neighborhood in north Vancouver, British Columbia, and your views of the water will inevitably include multiple oil tankers.

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Prairie Restoration Expert Robert Pelant

When you think of the Salish Sea, the image that first comes to mind probably doesn’t include grassy plains and meadows.

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Olympia Oyster Grower Shina Wysocki

Shina Wysocki hopes to hand off the business to her children when the time comes. That means finding ways to support the ecosystem.

Robert Elofson

Elwha Tribal Elder and Fisherman Robert Elofson

The Elwha Dam was the largest dam removal in the world at that time, it unleashed the life-blood of a watershed that fronts on the Salish Sea.

Diane Bernard

Seaflora CEO Diane Bernard, “The Seaweed Lady"

Beneath the surface of the Salish Sea, hundreds of species of seaweed provide habitat and nutrition for many forms of marine life.

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Engineer Teizeen Mohamedali, The Salish Sea Model

The Salish Sea is a complex web of waterways that includes Puget Sound and the straits of Juan de Fuca and Georgia.

Tom Wooten

Tom Wooten, Chairman, Samish Indian Nation

The Samish Indian Nation is a local tribe whose culture closely aligns with the Salish Sea.

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SeaDoc Society Senior Scientist Joe Gaydos

The Salish Sea is home to more than three thousand species. Among them are 253 fish, 172 birds, 38 mammals and two reptiles.