2014 Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference

April 30 - May 2, 2014
Washington State Convention & Trade Center
Seattle, Washington

We were pleased to welcome more than 1,200 delegates to the 2014 Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference, held Wednesday, April 30 through Friday, May 2, 2014 at the Washington State Convention Center (WSCC) in Seattle.

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Conference Program

The full conference program is now available in digital form:

Conference Key Events

Plenary Session

For the opening plenary session on Wednesday morning, the conference will be welcomed to Seattle by Chairman Leonard Forsman of the Suquamish Tribe, followed by opening remarks from David Marshall of the Fraser Basin Council and Tracy Collier of the Puget Sound Partnership.
After that, Dr. Caroline Caza, the recently appointed Regional Director General for Environment Canada, and Dr. Trina Wellman, Vice Chair of the PSP Science Panel, will make brief statements and welcome the conferees.
We are very pleased, and honored, to announce that the opening plenary address will then be given by Grand Chief Edward John, Hereditary Chief of the  Tl'azt'en Nation, and recently appointed as the North American Representative to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

Seattle Aquarium

All conference attendees may gain free access to the Seattle Aquarium during business hours April 30 through May 3. Your conference name badge will need to be presented.

Seattle Aquarium Reception - April 30, 6:30 p.m.

For those of you pre-registered for the Seattle Aquarium Reception, you will have a reception and drink ticket included in your conference packet. There will be two shuttle trips to the Aquarium at the Seattle Waterfront; the first shuttle will leave the Sheraton Hotel at 6:15 p.m. and return to pick up the second group at approximately 6:30 p.m.

The shuttle will load and unload on Union Street between 6th and 7th Avenues. Guests may walk straight through the hotel lobby and up the stairs to the coaches. Or you can walk out the front and turn left to the corner of 6th & Union - look for the conference person at this location with a sign.

The first return shuttle will leave the Aquarium at 8:00 p.m. to transport you back to the Sheraton Hotel and return to the Aquarium for a final pick up at approximately 8:30 p.m.

For those preferring to walk, the Aquarium is about 8 blocks. A map can be found on page 28 of the Conference Program At-A-Glance.

Poster Gala - May 1, 5:00-6:30 p.m. in Room 6C

All conference attendees are invited to attend the Poster Gala reception. Over 150 posters will be on display for this event and throughout the conference. Enjoy a great selection of hors d'oeuvres and a beverage (one drink ticket will be included in your conference packet). The poster gala is sponsored by Pacific Salmon Foundation.

Tribal and First Nations Dinner - May 1, 6:00 pm in Room 6A

For those of you registered for the Tribal and First Nations Dinner, a dinner ticket will be included in your conference packet. In addition to remarks from Tribal and First Nations leaders, a stunning performance celebrating Coast Salish culture will cap the evening. The dinner and performance is presented by the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community.

Film Festival

Salish Sea Film Festival, a collection of short films related to the Salish Sea Ecosystem, to be held the evening of Friday May 2. For more information see Film Festival.

Internet Access

Complimentary WiFi Access is available at WSCC for Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference attendees. The network name is "Salish Sea 2014." No password is required.

Daily Lunches

Your conference registration includes lunch to be served in Room 6A/6B. Your conference badge is required for admission to all lunches.


A Speakers Prep Room (601) is available for previewing PowerPoint and Acrobat presentations and uploading them to the proper session folder. The room will be available at 7:00 am on Wednesday and 8:00 am Thursday and Friday. The upload should be done at least 3 hours ahead of your session. You will find your session number and speaker order in the conference program, now available. Please name your presentation file as "speaker number_session number_last name." We will have volunteers and staff available to assist with the labeling and to upload your presentation to the correct session folder. There is also the option of loading the presentation at the site of the session during the break. Please be there twenty minutes ahead of time. See full Presentation Guidelines.

Poster Setup

If you are displaying a poster, please bring it to the conference with you. Poster set-up is in Room 6C during the following times:

  • Wednesday, April 30 from 7:00-8:30 am
  • Thursday, May 1 from 7:00-8:30 am.

Staff and Volunteers will be available during these times to assist you in finding your assigned spot and hanging your poster. Posters should be taken down and removed no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, May 2.

Contact Information

For conference questions, please contact:
Elliott Smith, Conference Administrator

For registration questions, please contact:
WWU Extended Education


Page Updated 07.24.2014