More than 1,300 scientists, policy makers and other interested parties are attending next week’s Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference in Seattle.
The meeting happens every two years and alternates between the U.S. and Canada. This year, the 30th anniversary since the first one took place in 1988, there’s an emphasis on ecosystem recovery across the international border.
The biology and resources of the Salish Sea don’t abide by political borders, so those working to protect the ecosystem often look for ways to get past them too.
But it’s harder than you’d think, says Ginny Broadhurst. She’s Executive Director of the Salish Sea Institute at Western Washington University and one of the planners of the conference.