The Project

Something is definitely going on in the (Salish Sea) marine environment that is negatively affecting salmon, steelhead and forage fish; things are changing and we need to understand how and why.

Mike Grayum, Director, Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission

The Salish Sea Marine Survival Project leverages human and financial resources from the United States and Canada to determine the primary factors affecting the survival of juvenile salmon and steelhead in the Salish Sea. It is the largest and most important research of its kind in the shared waters of British Columbia and Washington State, addressing a key uncertainty impeding salmon recovery and sustainable fisheries. The project will, for the first time, undertake a comprehensive study of the physical, chemical and biological factors impacting salmon survival, in order to improve our collective understanding of salmon in saltwater, facilitating smarter management and stronger returns.

Over 60 organizations, representing diverse philosophies and encompassing most of the region’s fisheries and marine research and management complex, are working together on this massive transboundary effort. And, the Pacific Salmon Foundation (PSF) and Long Live the Kings (LLTK) are coordinating it.

boats-at-dock Recovering Chinook, coho and steelhead in Puget Sound and the Strait of Georgia will have a tremendous economic up-side for recreational, commercial, and tribal fisheries and related industries such as tourism.
indicator - FEA_Marine_2229 Salmon serve as a key indicator of the condition of the Salish Sea. Addressing what’s causing salmon declines will also influence challenges facing other species (i.e. killer whales) and move us toward a healthier and more productive environment for our region’s people.
totem_poleSalmon are iconic in the Pacific Northwest and have significance across ethnic and cultural lines. Their health preserves tribal and First Nations treaty obligations and sustains a sense of place for the people of the Washington State and British Columbia.


What is the Salish Sea Marine Survival Project? – Dr. Dick Beamish explains