List of Salish Sea Resources

How did our local waters get the name Salish Sea?

Map and Details of the Salish Sea by Stefan Freelan

Nature Vancouver
Promotes the enjoyment of nature, and encourages the wise use and conservation of natural resources. Offers evening talks and outdoor interpreted events on birding, botany, conservation, geology, marine biology, and photography.

Georgia Strait Alliance
Promotes the sustainability of Georgia Strait, its adjoining waters, and communities. Read GSA’s report “State of the Shoreline”.

Marine Life Sanctuaries Society
Making the world a better place, one No-Take Marine Protected Area sanctuary at a time. Vancouver, BC.

Stanley Park Ecology Society
Promotes awareness of and respect for the natural world and plays a leadership role in the stewardship of Stanley Park through collaborative initiatives in education, research and conservation. Vancouver, BC.

SeaDoc Society – People and Science Healing the Sea
Finding science-based solutions to the problems facing marine wildlife in the Salish Sea. See video series “Salish Sea Wild!” Learn about Salish Sea record holders — the biggest, best, and oldest.

The Sacred Trust
An initiative of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation mandated to stop the Trans-Mountain pipeline and tanker project.

Burrard Inlet Action Plan Tsleil-Waututh Nation
A summarization of scientific knowledge about Burrard Inlet that identifies priority issues related to environmental degradation and important environmental knowledge gaps, and fosters development of a shared vision for environmental stewardship.

Musqueam Cultural Centre Gallery
The gallery features exhibitions highlighting historic cultural objects, contemporary arts, and the sharing of Musqueam culture.

Salish Sea News and Weather Communicate, Educate, Advocate
All the latest news about the Salish Sea from both sides of the border compiled by Mike Sato and delivered in a daily (M-F) email. To subscribe, send your name and email to or access through website.

Watershed Watch Salmon Society
A science-based organization that advocates for the conservation of BC’s wild salmon.

Raincoast Conservation Foundation
Committed to rigorous, peer-reviewed science and community engagement, and to informed advocacy. Check out their Coastal Insights webinar series.

Coast Protectors
Whatever it takes, we will stop the Trans Mountain pipeline.

Sound Water Stewards of Island County, WA
Trained volunteers working in and around Island County for a healthy, sustainable Puget Sound environment.

Canadian Network for Ocean Education (CaNOE) 
The Canadian Network for Ocean Education strives to amplify, promote, and create access to Ocean Education across Canada through its vast network of collaborators and members.

Green Technology Education Centre (Gtec) 
Provides community based education about sustainable technologies. Free programs are offered by their Neighbourhood Environmental Education Projects (NEEP). Vancouver, BC.

Echo Ecological
Our goal is to accelerate the recovery of a degraded ecosystem and return it to a pre-disturbed state by adjusting the physical, chemical, and biological characteristics of the area. Metro Vancouver, BC.

Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation – Biodiversity Strategy
Strategies to restore priority habitats such as forests, wetlands, and shorelines as part of a city-wide ecological network.

metrovancouver – Explore Regional Parks
Regional parks are great places to go for a walk, breathe fresh air, and enjoy the beauty of nature. The Check it Out! program guide has great events and activities for you and your family. Programs reveal the natural world through exploration and discovery and are offered year-round.​

BC Nature
BC Nature is a federation of local natural history groups and represents over 53 local nature clubs throughout BC. Members enjoy birding, botany, geology and marine biology outings, and learn more about nature during field trips and conferences in communities throughout BC.

Year of the Salish Sea, Vancouver, BC
The Year of the Salish Sea (June 8, 2022-June 7, 2023) is a call on our leaders and on the public to take action, a provocation for greater collaboration, and a catalyst for change.

Institute for Multidisciplinary Ecological Research in the Salish Sea
Furthering our vision for the Salish Sea: a resilient and interconnected bioregion in a changing world.

Pacific Streamkeepers Federation
Helping streamkeepers take action through support, education, and building partnerships.

Dogwood Institute
Brings British Columbians together to reclaim power over our environment and democracy as the province’s largest nonpartisan citizen action network.

The Green Club on Environmental Education 綠色文化俱樂部
A self-funded non-profit organization in Metro Vancouver offering biweekly heritage walks and monthly eco-tours, in Mandarin. Vancouver, BC.

Pacific Spirit Park Society
A community-based volunteer organization working for the benefit of Pacific Spirit Regional Park. Vancouver, BC.

Jericho Stewardship Group
Works with the Vancouver Park Board to restore and encourage the natural habitat of Jericho Beach Park. Vancouver, BC.

Still Creek Streamkeepers
Monitors the health of Still Creek and runs activities that help improve water quality and ecosystems. Vancouver, BC

Free the Fern
Connecting community through environmental stewardship. Vancouver, BC

Transition Salt Spring
Responding to Climate Change. Restoring Ecosystems. Reimagining Community. TOGETHER.

Transition Sooke
Transition Sooke is a citizen-based, volunteer, public-interest group focused on co-creating a sustainable, resilient and secure community that meets the challenges of the climate emergency in the Sooke region.

Saturna Island Marine Research and Education Society
Encourages science and stewardship for a deeper understanding of our fragile marine ecosystem. Offers educational programs on Saturna Island.

Clam Garden Network
A diverse community of First Nations, academics, researchers, and resource managers from coastal BC, WA, and Alaska who are interested in the cultural and ecological importance of clam gardens and traditional clam management.

Society Prompting Environmental Conservation
Practical Solutions for Urban Sustainability. Vancouver, BC.

Stewardship Centre for BC
Develops and champions science-based stewardship practices for land and water in BC, and promotes and delivers stewardship education.

Pacific Wildlife Foundation
Mapping biological diversity, conserving migratory networks, restoring ecosystems, and facilitating scientific discovery.

Creating powerful media to change the narrative around our world’s oceans, SeaLegacy’s mission is to inspire the global community to protect our oceans.

Salish Sea Marine Sanctuary 
& Coastal Trail
Aims to restore
 natural animal populations 
throughout our bioregion
 to more than 50% 
of historic levels.

Hornby Island Natural History Centre
The Centre offers events, programs, and a natural history collection to encourage a bond between people and nature. Located at the Hornby Island Community School, the Centre provides educational resources and programs for all ages.

Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS)
Focusing on protecting large, connected areas of Canada’s wilderness with a vision is to keep at least half of Canada’s public land and water wild — forever.

David Suzuki Foundation
Finding solutions that will create a sustainable Canada through science-based research, education, and policy work.

The Puget Sound Institute news
Information on Puget Sound recovery strategies, Salish Sea Currents stories, and the Puget Sound Institute (PSI) newsletter.

Centre for Whale Research
Dedicated to the studyand conservation of the Southern Resident Killer Whale population.

Orca Network
Connecting whales and people in the Pacific Northwest.

Whale of a Purpose
A blog solely devoted to the Southern Resident killer whales.

Sierra Club
Inspiring generations to defend nature and confront climate change so families, communities and the natural world can prosper together.

The Marine Detective
Jackie Hilderling shares her diving experiences “in the cold, dark, life-sustaining NE Pacific Ocean to discover the great beauty, mystery, and fragility hidden there.”

Alexandra Morton
For nearly forty years, Alexandra has dedicated her life to restoring the balance between the people and the wild salmon off the coast of British Columbia.

The Wild Salmon Defenders Alliance
WSDA is composed of diverse concerned people, scientists, artists, groups, and organizations dedicated to the protection of wild salmon.

Oceanoid – We are ocean people.
Vancouver freediving courses, training, and events.

The Queen of Green
Offers tips and recipes to make your life easier on the environment.

The Whale Trail
The Whale Trail is a series of sites where the public may view orcas, other cetaceans, and marine mammals from shore.

Beaty Biodiversity Museum
Vancouver’s natural history museum at UBC. Home to Canada’s largest blue whale skeleton.

South Coast Conservation Program
Facilitating the protection and restoration of endangered species and ecological communities on BC’s South Coast.

Environmental Youth Alliance
Engages youth facing barriers to become environmental stewards and community leaders. Vancouver, BC.

NatureKids BC
Connecting children ages 5 – 12 with the outdoors to foster a love for the natural world and the skills to take action for nature.

Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea
A not-for-profit aquarium and cultural learning centre that focuses on the ecosystem of the Salish Sea, located in Sidney, BC.

The Whale Museum
Located in Friday Harbor WA, the Whale Museum promotes stewardship of the Southern Resident Killer Whales and the Salish Sea ecosystem through education and research. They offer a one-of-a-kind Marine Naturalist Training Program, an intensive 6-day overview of the natural history of the San Juan Islands and the marine waters of Washington and Southern British Columbia.

The Green Channel The Voice of Living Things
Our mission is to highlight beautiful, untold stories of those coming together to better our planet. Subscription required.

Surfrider Foundation Vancouver
Surfrider is on a mission to protect and enjoy Canada’s southern Pacific coastline.

Nada – Just Food.
We’re working hard for a just food system – one that supports a thriving local economy and connects people to their food. Vancouver, BC.

Vancouver Farmers Markets (VFM)
VFMs feed people and create community. We support small farm production, nourish people and connect neighbours. VFM hosts 8 weekly markets in Vancouver throughout the year

Sustainable Seafood Resources 

Ocean Wise Seafood
Ocean Wise is a Vancouver Aquarium conservation program created to educate and empower consumers about the issues surrounding sustainable seafood.

Based on scientific assessments, SeaChoice has created easy-to-use tools that help you make the best seafood choices.

The Fish Counter Eatery and Market
Serving the Main Street community fish and seafood that’s bracingly fresh, healthy, and responsibly sourced.

Daily Catch Seafood
100% Sustainable Seafood Caught On Our Company Boats, store located on Commercial Drive.

Blue Comet Seafoods
Creating community through local, wild, and sustainable seafood.

Skipper Otto Community Supported Fishery
Creating a direct connection between local fishermen and consumers with the joint goal of protecting ocean resources and improving our local food system.