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Health of the Salish Sea Ecosystem Report

About this Report

The Health of the Salish Sea Ecosystem Report is a collaboration between the EPA and Environment and Climate Change Canada to report to the public on the health of our shared ecosystem. Learn more about our report.

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Health of the Salish Sea Ecosystem Report

Executive Summary

Get a quick overview of what we're tracking and how it will help us identify priorities for action across the entire Salish Sea.


Watershed Map

Map of Salish Sea watershed.
Salish Sea watershed map courtesy of Western Washington University.

Salish Sea Ecosystem Indicators

Find summaries below for each of the environmental measures - called indicators - that we're tracking. The icons indicate an improving (green), declining (red), or neutral (yellow) trend for each indicator.

What are Ecosystem Indicators?

blood pressure guageJust like how your blood pressure is an indicator of your body's overall health, we can learn about an ecosystem's overall health by studying certain plants, animals, and other environmental measures.


Sustainable Perspectives

Throughout this report you will see references to "sustainable perspectives" which are based on traditional ecological knowledge. This knowledge is built over generations as people learn from the land and the sea they depend on for their food, materials, and culture.