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The Salish Sea is the intricate network of coastal waterways located between the south-western tip of the Canadian province of British Columbia, and the north-western tip of the U.S. state of Washington. Its major bodies of water are the Strait of Georgia, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and Puget Sound. It reaches from Desolation Sound at the north end of the Strait of Georgia to Oakland Bay at the head of Hammersley Inlet at the south end of Puget Sound. The inland waterways of the Salish Sea are partially separated from the open Pacific Ocean by Vancouver Island and the Olympic Peninsula, and are thus partially shielded from Pacific Ocean storms. Major port cities on the Salish Sea include Seattle, Vancouver, Tacoma, Bellingham, and Victoria.

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When she heard the theme for the 2018 fair was “Rockin' the Salish Sea” she immediately thought “WHALE!” When her daughter-in-law asked if she could help with the background and typeface selections, Kris was more than happy to help. After years of helping other island artists with their posters, she ...
SAN JUAN ISLANDS, Wash. — Whale watchers get their first sighting of a sperm whale in the Salish Sea. The Pacific Whale Watch Association says this is its first recorded sighting of one by whale watching tours in the San Juan Islands. The association tells KOMO its members captured photos and ...

SAN JUAN ISLANDS, Wash. -- The Pacific Whale Watch Association said they spotted for the first time ever a sperm whale in inland waters in Washington state, according to a press release. The release states that members of the association were able to capture photos and hydrophone audio of the whale, the first of its ...
Over Easter weekend, members of the Pacific Whale Watch Association captured photos and hydrophone audio of the first-ever sperm whale spotted in inland waters in Washington state. The whale was named Yukusam (from Kwak'wala, First Nations) when it first showed up in Johnstone Strait in British ...
Ocean acidification is a threat to marine ecosystems around the world and the Salish Sea is among those most vulnerable to its effects. Recognition of the problem is new and there are practically no measures in place to regulate or manage it. Enter Dr. Nina Bednaršek, a scientist with the Southern ...
Ocean acidification is a threat to marine ecosystems around the world and the Salish Sea is among those most vulnerable to its effects. Recognition of the problem is new and there are practically no measures in place to regulate or manage it. Enter Dr. Nina Bednaršek, a scientist with the Southern ...

The SeaDoc Society aims to place their new children's book, Explore the Salish Sea: A Nature Guide for Kids, in the hands of as many middle school students living near the Salish Sea as possible, regardless of their ability to pay. To reach that goal, the UC Davis-affiliated center has launched an Indiegogo ...
The problem for Puget Sound and the Salish Sea is compounded not merely by the disconnect between state and federal imperatives (although those have never been so divergent), but by an international boundary that transects that body of water and makes difficult the policy coordination needed to save ...
The Rotary Club of Edmonds welcomes speakers Stephanie Burns ad Seth Muir of Salish Seas Expeditions during its Tuesday, March 20 meeting. Salish Sea Expeditions inspires youth to connect with the marine environment through boat-based scientific inquiry and hands-on learning, instilling curiosity, ...
Sunflower sea stars—whose 16 to 24 arms exceed 3 feet long—were once prolific throughout the Salish Sea, which borders Washington state and Canada's British Columbia. In 2013-14 wasting disease decimated their population. Researchers suggest renaming the wasting disease “Asteroid Idiopathic ...
A sunflower sea star (Pycnopodia helianthoides) is recovered by Cornell researchers during deep water trawls in the Salish Sea, Pacific Northwest. Credit: Cornell University. Cornell University scientists are beginning to unravel the complicated connections between viruses, the environment and wasting ...
The project would result in the addition of approximately 60 vessel trips per month through a sensitive (and suffering) portion of the Salish Sea. March Point is adjacent to the Padilla Bay National Estuarine Reserve and the Fidalgo Bay Aquatic Reserve, both with shoreline of designated significance.
Underneath the picturesque Salish Sea there are churning currents, with water swooshing in from the open ocean and surges of nutrient-rich fresh water from creeks and rivers that alter the sea's chemistry — and can make life tough for species trying to survive in a rapidly changing environment. And that's ...
To get to Orcas Island, now a tourist destination for lovers of nature during the months of May through September, the boat crosses an area of the Salish Sea, an intricate network of coastal waterways where orcas are known feed on the salmon, herring, and even sea lions who also share these waters.
The Salish Sea Early Music Festival presents a program of mostly Italian four-part Canzonas, entitled Shakespeare in Italy with dulcian (Baroque bassoon) player Anna Marsh, renaissance transverse flutist Jeffrey Cohan, violinist Courtney Kuroda and violist Stephen Creswell at 7 p.m. on Mon., March 12, ...
The Salish Sea Marine Survival Project – Why we are concerned about elevated juvenile salmon and steelhead mortality and what we have learned so far. An evening with Jacques White of Long Live the Kings. The Marine Science Lecture Series is sponsored by The Averna Family (Deer Harbor Charters), Barbara Bentley ...
Why are salmon dying in the Salish Sea? Join Jacques White to discuss marine survival for the next Marine Science Lecture Series on March 13. Low salmon returns are expected to restrict fisheries in Washington this year, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife reported this week. White, of the ...

Low salmon returns are expected to restrict fisheries in Washington this year, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife reported this week. Jacques White of the Salish Sea Marine Survival Project is actively working to help ensure the survival of salmon and other marine species, and he'll discuss ...
At 7 p.m., Sunday, March 11, the Salish Sea Early Music Festival will present a mostly Italian Four-Part Canzonas entitled “Shakespeare in Italy” at Brickworks in Friday Harbor. The program will feature dulcian, or baroque bassoon, player Anna Marsh, renaissance transverse flutist Jeffrey Cohan, violinist ...
The League of Women Voters of the San Juans will host an informative meeting on threats to the future of the Salish Sea and efforts to protect it at 12:30 p.m., Monday, March 12 at the San Juan Island Library in Friday Harbor. Lovel Pratt, Marine Protection Program director of Friends of the San Juans, will be the presenter.
... chief scientist for SeaDoc Society, and Audrey Delella Benedict, a biologist, writer and a global advocate for conservation. SeaDoc wants to give a copy of the book to every 5th and 6th grader in the Salish Sea regardless of their ability to pay. Information about how to help SeaDoc reach this goal is here.
The Salish Sea is the name given to the inland marine waters of Washington and British Columbia. The designation acknowledges that this body of water is connected as a single estuary — an ecosystem transcending political boundaries. Every two years, scientists, First Nations representatives, policy ...
A B.C. company is selling bottled water from the ocean. Kylie Stanton explains how it works. X. - A A +. Listen. They've sold soaps, sea salts and cocktail rimmers using minerals from right out of the Salish Sea. But now, Saltwest Naturals, a Sooke-based salt company, is bottling up ocean water and selling it ...
A Sooke-based company has become the first in Canada to desalinate and sell bottled ocean water. Saltwest Naturals sells a range of sea salt products using water from the Salish Sea off Vancouver Island's southwest coast, and more than 400 stores across Canada carry the line. But it wasn't until a ...
The Skagit Marine Resources Committee is accepting applications for the fifth annual Salish Sea Stewards training program. ... Since the Salish Sea Stewards program began in 2014, dozens of trained volunteers have contributed thousands of hours to citizen science and community outreach programs.
The eighth annual Salish Sea Early Music Festival presents a baroque flute extravaganza, entitled “Flute Trios,” featuring three internationally celebrated baroque flutists, in a special one-day concert event at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12 at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church (1187 Wyatt Way NW). The program ...
We're still firmly entrenched in winter, but signs of spring have recently been popping up ever so slightly around the Salish Sea. The new season isn't here yet, of course, and strong southerlies and brisk northerlies are still bound to sweep in over the next couple months. As boaters, we obviously need to ...
Guests on board the Schooner Zodiac help with sailing tasks, including the heavy lifting. The schooner offers multi-day excursions with themes including lighthouses, seafood and wine, literature and historical secrets of the San Juan islands. It's a beautiful spring day in the San Juan archipelago and I ...
Kayakers in the Salish Sea can hope for no greater thrill than to paddle alongside a pod of killer whales. Or to watch as one dives beneath their craft and pops out the other side—a seemingly benign moment shared by paddler and beast. Sound too good to be true? New research suggests that paddlers are ...
Treble viol, baroque guitar and flute — the opening performance among seven in the 2018 Salish Sea Early Music Festival — features Annalisa Pappano from Cincinnati, one of the world's foremost players of treble viol, who also plays the pardessus de viole, lirone and viola da gamba and directs the ...
Treble viol, baroque guitar and flute — the opening performance among seven in the 2018 Salish Sea Early Music Festival — features Annalisa Pappano from Cincinnati, one of the world's foremost players of treble viol, who also plays the pardessus de viole, lirone and viola da gamba and directs the ...
The opening performance among seven in the 2018 Salish Sea Early Music Festival features the treble viol, which is similar to a violin. The concert is at 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 26 at Brickworks at 150 Nichols Street. Admission is by suggested donations of $15, $20 or $25 and those 18 and under are free.
Treble viol, baroque guitar and flute, the opening performance among seven in the 2018 Salish Sea Early Music Festival, features Annalisa Pappano from Cincinnati, one of the world's foremost players of treble viol, who also plays the pardessus de viole, lirone and viola da gamba and directs the ...
The Salish Sea Early Music Festival, which has been going on since 2011, presents chamber music from the 15th through 19th centuries on period instruments in cities all around the Salish Sea including Tacoma. The opening Tacoma concert of the 2018 Salish Sea Early Music Festival takes place at St.
A far-reaching package of laws aimed at clean water, orca whale protection, and phasing out fish farms in the Salish Sea could come before state legislators this year. Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, plans to introduce the Salish Sea Protection Act that would fund oil spill prevention, update response ...
The populations of orca whales and chinook salmon, one of the whale's primary food sources, are declining according to the Environmental Protection Agency's most recent 2016 Health of the Salish Sea report. Marine water quality has also shown long term decline in the Puget Sound region over the last ...
The populations of orca whales and chinook salmon, one of the whale's primary food sources, are declining according to the Environmental Protection Agency's most recent 2016 Health of the Salish Sea report. Marine water quality has also shown long term decline in the Puget Sound region over the last ...
The first of six concerts in the 2018 Salish Sea Early Music Festival will feature Annalisa Pappano, one of the world's foremost players of treble viol, when the festival returns to Vashon at noon, Tuesday, Jan. 23, at Bethel Church. Pappano, who also plays the pardessus de viole, lirone and viola da gamba, ...
Reworking our Salish Sea Pilot guides has been a delightful obsession since the summer. Overhauling our Salish Sea Pilot cruising guides in time for the boat show season has been a wild ride. We have worked some ... Chartlet from Salish Sea Pilot's Cruising Guide to the Gulf Islands. Not to be used for ...
The populations of orca whales and chinook salmon, one of the whale's primary food sources, are declining according to the Environmental Protection Agency's most recent 2016 Health of the Salish Sea report. Marine water quality has also shown long term decline in the Puget Sound region over the last ...
Activists affiliated with the climate justice group, Red Line Salish Sea, view the investigation as retaliation for their February protest, a march against local fossil fuel projects and President Donald Trump's executive orders expediting construction of the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines. “Not only ...
The populations of orca whales and chinook salmon, one of the whale's primary food sources, are declining according to the Environmental Protection Agency's most recent 2016 Health of the Salish Sea report. Marine water quality has also shown long term decline in the Puget Sound region over the last ...
A far-reaching package of laws aimed at clean water, orca whale protection, and phasing out fish farms in the Salish Sea could come before state legislators this year. Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, plans to introduce the Salish Sea Protection Act that would fund oil spill prevention, update response ...
A paper published recently in the scientific Journal PlosOne finds kayakers are a fast-growing segment of the $50 million whale-watch industry, which brings at least 500,000 people out every year to the trans boundary waters of the Salish Sea, according to estimates by the Whale Museum in Friday Harbor.
A far-reaching package of laws aimed at clean water, orca whale protection, and phasing out fish farms in the Salish Sea could come before state legislators this year. Senator Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island plans to introduce the Salish Sea Protection Act that would fund oil spill prevention, update response ...
A far-reaching package of laws aimed at clean water, orca whale protection, and phasing out fish farms in the Salish Sea could come before state legislators this year. Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island plans to introduce the Salish Sea Protection... By Taylor McAvoy · News · January 3, 2018 ...
Climate activists erected tents and teepees Monday, Jan. 8, in front of the Washington State Capitol building, on the opening day of the Legislature's 60-day session. “We are here today in prayer,” member of Protectors of the Salish Sea Paul Che Oketen Wagner of the Saanich First Nation of Canada said.
For possibly the first time since it opened in 2009, the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea will be closing for an extended period for updates and repairs. The entire aquarium and store space will be closed from January 15 to 22 for needed maintenance, says Executive Director Mark Loria. He said the scope of ...
Chaad called on lawmakers to pass legislation protecting the Salish Sea from noise pollution and from a risk of oil spills from increased tankers in the area. Senator Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, announced his proposal for a Salish Sea Protection package of legislation that would re-examine emergency ...
San Juan Islanders took a stand in Olympia on Monday, Jan. 8. Joined by Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas, on the front steps of the state capital building on the first day of the legislative session, the group urged legislators to pass the Carbon Tax bill, the Oil Transportation bill and the bill opposing Atlantic fish ...


 

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