As UNESCO celebrates its 10th anniversary of Marine World Heritage Sites, the proposal for the Salish Sea to be recognized as a new World Heritage Marine Site is gaining momentum, and supporters, according to the Salish Sea Trust.

In a release the Salish Sea Trust says they see ‘2017 as a legacy moment for Canada. In particular the Directors believe it’s a time when Canadians will want to protect the country’s significant cultural and natural heritage.’ The organisation opened its doors on September 1st, shortly after the Prime Minister invited Canadians to nominate World Heritage Sites.

Laure Gourlay, the Interim Director of the Salish Sea Trust says; “Protecting the ‘outstanding universal value’ of the Salish Sea as a World Heritage Site will be a gift to the world if our application succeeds in 2017”. Gourlay says the sea’s 3,000 species and outstanding universal values deserve just as much protection as the Great Bear Rainforest, which was formally recognized last month.


Photo Credit: fletcherjcm /

Filed under: Gibsons, Howe Sound, Salish Sea, Sechelt, Squamish, Sunshine Coast