intentionally address emerging or integrative topics in science, policy, or management, or incorporate the 2016 Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference theme of strengthening connections around changing times by individuals and communities of all sectors in the recovery and sustainability of the Salish Sea. The Conference Program Committee is particularly interested in organized sessions that address the following themes:
- Topics that integrate across biophysical science, social science, and policy. These sessions will include findings or ideas stemming from both social and biophysical research. Examples of such integrative topics include: fish consumption rates and advisories, Elwha River restoration, marine mammal conservation, marine spatial planning and watershed management.
- Energy and the Salish Sea. Already home to oil refineries, oil pipelines, and coal terminals, the Salish Sea faces significant increases in transportation and export of products from coal mines and tar sands, with potential impacts on the biophysical ecosystem as well as cultural values. Sessions on the science, policies, economic factors and cultural factors related to this issue are welcomed.
- Sessions that include representation by, or issues of importance to, business/industry and the private sector generally.
- Climate change topics that include contributions from representatives of industry, business, science, tribes, and agencies working and collaborating on prediction, adaptation, mitigation, or cumulative impacts.
- Transboundary environmental standards. These sessions will discuss policy goals, management, and the state of the science, including barriers and solutions, related to environmental standards that cross political boundaries in the Salish Sea. Examples include water quality standards and fish consumption rates.
- Social Indicators for the Salish Sea
- Structured and shared decision-making and the role of policy, science, legal frameworks, economics and culture to support Salish Sea protection on short- and long-term horizons