Past efforts to restore the Salish Sea have been hampered by fragmented research efforts. As such, the Pacific Salmon Foundation and its U.S. partner Long Live the Kings in Seattle, Washington designed the Salish Sea Marine Survival Project to assess the ecosystem and its interactions as a whole - the first time this has been done. The five-year initiative is the largest and most comprehensive of its kind, with activities in Canada alone including:
- Restoration in 14 estuaries surrounding the Strait of Georgia;
- participation from more than 80 scientists;
- partnership with more than 30 different organizations;
- and, education and engagement in more than 20 different communities around the Strait.
The goal of the Project is to increase production of Chinook, Coho and Steelhead in the Salish Sea (Strait of Georgia, Strait of Juan de Fuca and Puget Sound), improve future fisheries management policy and restore the economic and cultural benefits to communities surrounding the Salish Sea.
Thanks to donors and major contributions from the Pacific Salmon Endowment Fund, Pacific Salmon Commission Southern Endowment Fund and the Government of Canada, we have raised most of our budget. However, PSF needs to keep raising $450,000 annually from donations to keep the Project going at full speed, and our Year-End-Appeal is a major source of this annual support.
Download our new Salmon Steward to read about what we've learned on:
- How climate change is affecting kelp and a potential solution;
- what is eating juvenile salmon in freshwater and why;
- how harmful algae blooms affect salmon, and more!