Species of concern in the Salish Sea

The Encyclopedia of Puget Sound species library now includes a list of species of concern in the Salish Sea watershed. The list was created by Joe Gaydos and Nicholas Brown of the SeaDoc Society, and was released as a paper presented as part of the Proceedings of the 2011 Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference in Vancouver, BC.

Northern Sea Otter. Photo: Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Northern Sea Otter. Photo: Alaska Department of Fish and Game

The authors write that the number of species of concern can be used as a rough barometer of the health of an ecosystem, indicating a need for special attention and recovery work. The list is based on assessments from four jurisdictions: the State of Washington, the Province of British Columbia, the Canadian Federal Government, and the United States Federal Government. It includes 3 invertebrates, 37 fishes, 2 reptiles, 56 birds and 15 mammals.

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