The SeaDoc Society

Country United States
Started 1999

The SeaDoc Society, founded in 1999, conducts and sponsors scientific research in the inland waters of the Pacific Northwest, also known as the Salish Sea. We work to figure out what’s happening to our local species, and why. And then we share that information by facilitating collaboration and networking among the different agencies, governments, and individuals who make the decisions about how the 8 million people living in the Salish Sea can live in harmony with the marine environment. SeaDoc strives to find science-based solutions for marine wildlife in the Salish Sea using a multi-species approach. We work to advance stewardship in at-risk places, respond to emergency ecosystem health issues, educate the community, and train current and future leaders. SeaDoc provides technical assistance and support for derelict gear removal in the Salish Sea. We have worked closely with the Northwest Straits Commission to analyze data from recovered nets to determine the economic impact of lost gear and its removal. The results showed a clear return on investment for removing nets. For example, we calculated that an abandoned net might kill almost $20,000 worth of Dungeness crab over 10 years. Cost to remove? $1,358.00. Click here to learn more about the economic impact of derelict gear.