Conference Engagement Opportunities

We are hosting four Salish Sea Cafés on Zoom. These virtual gatherings are opportunities for early career professionals, students, scientists, government officials, practitioners, and NGO representatives to come together to interact and discuss relevant issues and topics in relation to the 2022 Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference. Sign up for one or all!

Uplifting Future Generations of Salish Sea Leaders


Friday, March 25
12pm – 1pm (PST)

Shared Visions: Honoring Multiple Ways of Knowing


Friday, April 8
12pm – 1pm (PST)

Cultivating an Inclusive Salish Sea Conference


Friday, April 22
12pm – 1pm (PST)

Preparing Future Ancestors



Friday, May 6
12pm – 1pm (PST)

school aged children looking at an aquarium exhibit.

Discounted Tickets to the Seattle Aquarium for SSEC Participants

 April 11 – May 5

The Seattle Aquarium is offering 10% off admissions for SSEC participants between April 11 and May 5. Please use the discount code SSEC10 when you purchase your ticket(s) online.

Image source: Wikicommons

Port Townsend Marine Science Center on a pier

Marine Science and Chardonnay and Port Townsend Bay

Sunday, April 24 1pm-5pm

Spend an afternoon touring through the Port Townsend Marine Science Center in the Kitsap Peninsula, followed by a happy hour at the Port Townsend Winery

Meet at Port Townsend Marine Science Center at Fort Worden State Park (Google Maps)

All Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference Participants and guests are welcome 

Register here

Questions? Contact Melissa Schutten

Image Source: Trip Advisor

Street entrance for Seattle Aquarium

BIPOC Networking at the Seattle Aquarium

Monday, April 25 3pm-6pm

The Seattle Aquarium invites BIPOC folx to start off the Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference week with a networking event. We will meet at the entrance to the Seattle Aquarium at 3pm to explore exhibits for about an hour (admission will be covered), then will head up the cafe for happy hour from 4-6pm (two drinks will be covered). Join us and let’s get to know each other!

Meet at Seattle Aquarium (1483 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98101)

BIPOC conference attendees register here (registration required) 

Questions? Contact Amy Olsen

Image Source: Seattle Aquarium

Kulshan Trackside Beer Garden

You Survived the Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference Happy Hours

Thursday, April 28 5:30pm -7:30pm

Bellingham, hosted by Salish Sea Institute: Kulshan Trackside (Google Maps) – Questions? Contact 

Seattle, hosted by Long Live the Kings: Bale Breaker & Yonder Cider Taproom
(773) 998-1464 (Google Maps)

RSVP here 
Questions? Contact Allegra Horioka 

Image Source: Kulshan Brewing

Crowd gathered at Peace Arch Park

Connect across the Border for a Peace Arch Picnic

Friday, May 6, 3:30pm-6:30pm

The Salish Sea Institute invites the Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference community to celebrate the end of this year’s conference cycle with a picnic at the Peace Arch. Meet at the American Kitchen at the Park (no need to go through border crossing for US or Canadian attendees). Drop in whenever for time together outdoors. Snacks and refreshments will be provided for this family-friendly event. 

Meet at American Kitchen at Peace Arch Park (Google Maps)

All Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference Participants and guests are welcome 

Register here (Registration requested but not required)

Questions? Contact 

Image Source: Peace Arch News

Front doors and sign for the 7 Seas Brewery and Taproom

Celebrate the Salish Sea at 7 Seas

MONDAY, MAY 9, 5-8pm

Celebrate the closing of the 2022 Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference by gathering with friends, colleagues, and peers for a casual happy hour social gathering, networking, and connection opportunity. Drop in anytime and bring your friends and family. The taproom is family friendly. We will provide a few light snacks and nonalcoholic beverages, additional beverages (alcoholic and nonalcoholic options) and food are available for purchase through the taproom.

Location: 7 Seas Brewery and Taproom, 2101 Jefferson Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402

Date and Time: May 9th, 5pm – 8pm

All Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference Participants and guests are welcome

Please register in advance. (Room will hold ~50 people)

Questions? Please contact Alexandra Doty,

Promotional flyer for Salish Sea Film Screening event

Date: Thursday, April 21, 2022

Time: 6-9pm

Description: Screening of the Salish Sea Films

Registration: Advance Registration Required – Limited Space Available

The Hundred-Year-Old Whale

Born in an era when whales were on everyone’s menu and her family members were being harpooned, then shot, then captured and put on display, Granny (J2) miraculously survived in the west coast waters for over a century as the world – and the world of whales – has changed completely. We meet the world’s oldest killer whale and explore her past and her family’s future.

Producer: Middle Child Films


Film Length: 15 minutes

Olympic Coast as Sentinel

Indigenous people have depended on Olympic Coast marine species for their livelihoods, food security and cultural practices for thousands of years. Today, these species—and the tribal communities that depend on them—are at risk from ocean acidification. Washington Sea Grant, in partnership with the Olympic Coast Treaty Tribes, federal and academic scientists and coastal managers, is working to understand and plan for the impacts of ocean change to tribal community well-being.

Producer: Washington Sea Grant


Film Length: 20 minutes

Lifeblood: Connected by water, united by hope

The environmental problems we face today are rooted in the context of our histories. Lifeblood shows how groups historically at odds with one another are finding ways to come together for a better future in the Pacific Northwest. The film explores how four groups of people — fishermen, indigenous tribes, farmers, and scientists — are moving beyond past mistrust to forge a new path for healthy ecosystems that works for us all.

Producer: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife


Film Length: 20 minutes

The Return

“The Return” tells the story of the Brunette watershed which lies in Vancouver, BC. Once an important salmon bearing area, it became severely degraded due to industrialization that caused the run to collapse. Though levels of governments had abandoned hope, concerned citizens (both First Nations and settlers) began to rehabilitate the streams. A fight had begun to restore the salmon. The film introduces enclaves within highly urbanized areas where salmon have slowly started to make a comeback. Through an emphasis on rich visuals, it invites us to explore places of beauty in the heart of a city and reflect upon how we live in relation to the natural world. Salmon is an iconic species for people on the West Coast and offers so much in its mythical life cycle and resilience to adversity. Through 5 characters, the importance of rewilding is told. Nature can thrive in an urban setting, enabling citizens to connect with treasured pockets of wilderness and a remarkable, crucial species. In order for this renewal to take hold, issues must be considered regarding how to make space for the natural world a large, contemporary city.

Producer: Freelance


Film Length: 20 minutes

Change From Within

Change From Within is a cross-disciplinary dance film and research project exploring the lack of diversity within the environmental movement, as well as concrete solutions to address these systemic inequities. The piece was filmed in the greater Seattle area, and features the voices of leaders within various sectors of the environmental workforce and their beautifully compelling and vulnerable stories.

Producer: Culture SHIFT & Sustainable Seattle


Film Length: 23 minutes

Shorelines and Salmon

Dive in and immerse yourself among the critical nearshore habitats of the San Juan Islands with this 360 video. Find out why forage fish and juvenile salmon depend on eelgrass beds and bull kelp while watching a group of scientists working on a collaborative restoration project. This 360/virtual reality video is being used in high school science classes in the San Juan Islands as part of our new Immersive Education virtual reality program. Our Marine Science Coordinator brings in 12 Oculus Quest VR headsets to the class for one part of this 5-day program. This video is the first module we have created for this education program. It tells the story of the importance of the San Juan Island nearshore habitat to forage fish, juvenile salmon, and ultimately the Orca. It takes students on an underwater adventure, swimming through kelp beds, over eelgrass meadows, up the Skagit River with salmon – providing them with next to real life experience that prompts them to think critically about the threats and opportunities our shorelines face and exposes them to scientists working in the field to conserve critical habitat.

Producer: San Juan Schools


Film Length: 6 minutes

Heart of the Fraser

Describes the environmental threats facing the most important reach of the lower Fraser River

Producer: BCIT Rivers Institute


Film Length: 45 minutes

The Unknown Sea: A Voyage on the Salish

Hidden amongst the evergreens and Madronas, the timber towns turned tech-centers that make up the northwest coast, there is an inland sea that escaped the eye of all who saw it until very recent times. Set sail with the crew of Orion as they voyage to the heart of the Pacific Northwest’s newly named inland waterway. Glide over and dive under this vibrant ecosystem on a month-long journey on the Salish Sea. This expedition investigates the historical, political and ecological factors that went into the recognition of our newest inland sea. The film creates a sense of place highlighting some of the most iconic species and seascapes of the Salish Sea ecosystem. The Unknown Sea A Voyage on the Salish explores the natural and cultural history of the area through interviews of people deeply connected with the Salish Sea.

Producer: Freelance


Film Length: 32 minutes

Right over the Edge

Producer: Freelance


Film Length: 65 minutes


Scientist Rob Butler goes on a journey of the Canadian and American Salish Sea in search of an answer to the question: what would it take for all of us to reconnect with nature?

Producer: Pacific WildLife Foundation


Film Length: 33 minutes

Why is the Salish Sea so rich with life

The Salish Sea is a giant mixing bowl where nutrients from mountains and the deep offshore Pacific are stirred together by tidal currents into life-giving waters. This big sprawling inland sea is a single interconnected body of life, filled with extraordinary wild neighbours.

Producer: Bowen Island Conservancy


Film Length: 10 minutes

The Salish Sea – a Single Body of Life

The way that the Salish Sea functions as a single ecosystem has similarities to a single living organism, a tree. This idea builds on the scientific understandings presented in the movie “Why is the Salish Sea so rich with Life?”

Producer: Bowen Island Conservancy


Film Length: 7 minutes

The Path Home

Pink Salmon returning to their native river to spawn, accompanied by a Jamestown S’Klallam tribal story of how the salmon got their hook noses.

Producer: John Gussman


Film Length: 6 minutes

State of the Sound 2021

People care about Puget Sound. We know what we need to do to create a healthy and resilient Sound, for us and future generations.

Producer: Puget Sound Partnership


Film Length: 6 minutes

Kelp Lifeways

Kelp forests are a valuable coastal habitat in temperate areas throughout the world. Bull kelp, Nereocystis luetkeana, is an iconic foundation species on the West Coast, forming extensive forests in nearshore, rocky habitats. These large, fast-growing kelps create forage and refuge habitat for a diversity of marine life, contributing greatly to the productivity and biodiversity of coastal marine ecosystems. This short film showcases some of the beautiful and endangered kelp forests in the Salish Sea.

Producer: Puget Sound Restoration Fund


Film Length: 18 minutes

Plastic Free Salish Sea

With our video Plastic Free Salish Sea we hope to connect with other marine resources committees in the USA as well as Canada to create ideas to reduce and reuse single use plastics. We are developing a website that might serve as a one-stop-shop for all events and activities r/t single use plastics around the Salish Sea to create the greatest wave of change.

Producer: San Juan County Marine Resources Committee


Film Length: 20 minutes

Attend a Virtual Networking Session

(conference registration required)

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Tuesday April 26
Speed Networking: 1:00pm – 1:30pm

Tuesday April 26
Networking: Affinity Groups: 3:15pm – 3:45pm

Tuesday April 26
Networking: Track-based: 3:15pm-3:45pm

Wednesday April 27
Speed Networking: 1:00pm – 1:30pm

Wednesday April 27
Networking: Affinity Groups: 3:15pm – 3:45pm

Thursday April 28
Speed Networking: 11:45am-12:15pm


Attendee Code of Conduct

Discussion Guide for Networking