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The Salish Sea Marine Survival Project represents years of international collaborative research aimed at understanding a key question for Pacific Northwest salmon recovery: what is limiting the survival of juvenile salmon and steelhead in the Salish Sea? Since 2013, over 60 partner organizations and 200 scientists in the U.S. and Canada have contributed to the project, the largest and most important research of its kind in the shared waters of British Columbia and Washington State.
The initiatives within the Marine Science Program are based on the culmination of findings from the Salish Sea Marine Survival Project and identification of urgent priority areas for advancing recovery. This includes projects to identify and address bottlenecks to survival for salmon, green shore initiatives, nearshore and estuary programs, and the expansion of community-based science to continue to collect oceanographic information, map forage fish beaches, collect juvenile Chinook and Coho salmon, and restore habitats .
Pacific salmon are a keystone species in B.C., supporting ecosystems, culture, and more than $1 billion in economic activity. The people that care for them represent a breadth of vested and sometimes disparate stakeholders. During the last decade, the Pacific Salmon Foundation has launched some major initiatives that took a watershed-wide approach to salmon management by connecting multiple stakeholders and bridging information gaps.