THE SALISH SEA
Ecological Treasure of Global Significance
with 1,000’s of natural animal species, many of which are found nowhere else on Earth!
Around 12,000 years ago, the Salish Sea’s countless 1,000’s of miles of tributary rivers and creeks, 450 islands and islets, and 17,000 square kilometers of salt water bays and canyons were carved by melting glaciers as the last Ice Age receded.
In addition to being the second largest inland sea along the west coast of North America, the Salish Sea is also one of North America’s most vital breeding and feeding areas for myriad species of Herring, Wild Salmon, Whales, Orcas, Dolphins, Porpoises and more than 3,000 other amazing animal species!
Internationally located in southwest British Columbia and northwest Washington State, the Salish Sea includes Puget Sound, the Strait of Georgia and Juan de Fuca Strait.
World-class communities, rich in culture and awesome people, along her shores include Vancouver and Victoria in British Columbia, and Seattle, Olympia and Bellingham in Washington State.
are protected bodies of water where elevated standards of conduct protect and restore natural animal populations, their habitats and everyone’s water quality. Pollution to waterways is reduced, while sustainable and regenerative economic activities are multiplied. With ecological, cultural and economic benefits far outweighing any related costs, the Salish Sea Marine Sanctuary & Coastal Trail is truly a win:win vision and plan for the future well-being of All Our Relations.
Salish Sea Marine Sanctuary
North America’s First Bioregional Marine Sanctuary
We the People of the Salish Sea Bioregion,
more than 7 million of us from Coast Salish Nations, British Columbia and Washington State, are coming together in unprecedented unified action to protect and restore the Salish Sea Marine Sanctuary’s web of life, water quality and quality of life for All Life.
The boundaries of our ‘Bioregional Marine Sanctuary’ community correspond to our bioregional watershed boundaries, the outermost ridgelines of surrounding mountain ranges which ‘shed water’ in the direction of the Salish Sea via tributary rivers, creeks, estuaries and aquifers.
All Water and All Living Beings (mostly water) throughout our bioregional watershed community are included in our definition of Sanctuary Waters to be protected and restored. All are invited, individually and cooperatively, to do their best to protect and restore biodiversity, well-being, abundance of wholesome foods and pure Sanctuary Waters throughout our bioregional community…as soon as possible!