Health of the Salish Sea Ecosystem Report

About this report

The Health of the Salish Sea Report is a collaboration between EPA and Environment Canada.

Health of the Salish Sea Ecosystem Report

Executive Summary


Where is the Salish Sea?

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

Indicator Status

Read reports for each of the environmental measures - called indicators - that we're tracking.

improving trend
Air Quality
declining trend
Chinook Salmon
improving trend
Freshwater Quality
declining trend
Marine Species at Risk
declining trend
Marine Water Quality
neutral trend
Shellfish Beaches
neutral trend
Southern Resident Killer Whales
declining trend
Stream Flow
neutral trend
Swimming Beaches
improving trend
Toxics in the Food Web

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Improving trend
neutral trend
Neutral trend
Declining trend

What's an Indicator?

blood pressure guage

It's a gauge or point of reference - like your blood pressure is a gauge of your body's overall health. We can learn about an ecosystem's overall health by studying certain plants, animals, and other environmental indicators.


Sustainable Perspectives

Berry picking

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. Learn more about traditional knowledge