The Salish Sea Marine Survival Project is an effort of unique scope, scale, and international significance. Formal planning between Long Live the Kings and the Pacific Salmon Foundation began in 2012. A majority of the research took place between 2014 and 2018, with field, laboratory, and modeling studies conducted by over 200 scientists and technicians from federal, state, tribal, academic, and nonprofit institutions in both countries. As individual studies reached publication between 2017 and 2019, the project partners began translating the results of the research into management actions, leading to the publication of the Synthesis Report in 2021.
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Communication, data sharing, and public and stakeholder engagement are an essential hallmark of the SSMSP’s methodology, and key to understanding the Salish Sea as a connected ecosystem. During planning and research phases, participants coordinated within-activity communications and data management and shared research plans, protocols, and results among activities to continuously align work. As the Project moves to management actions, ongoing monitoring, and future studies, comprehensive data management tools provide a lasting infrastructure for analysis.