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Proceedings of the 2009 Puget Sound Georgia Basin Ecosystem Conference


Link to Proceedings Table of Contents with links to contributed papers.


Environment Canada and the Puget Sound Partnership, co-hosts of the 9th biennial Puget Sound Georgia Basin (PSGB) Conference, are pleased to present the online Proceedings of the 2009 Puget Sound Georgia Basin Ecosystem Conference (available early Summer 2009).

The PSGB conference series is a biennial interdisciplinary conference focused on the status of the transboundary Puget Sound Georgia Basin region, pressures on the ecosystem and response approaches to emergent issues. Stakeholders recognize the conference series as the principal interdisciplinary conference focused on science, policy and action for the transboundary region.

The first five conferences, between 1993 and 2001, were hosted solely by United States organizations and focused on the United States portion of the ecosystem. Since 2003, the series has been co-hosted by Environment Canada and the Puget Sound Partnership (formerly Puget Sound Action Team).

At these Conferences, scientists, First Nations and tribal government leaders, resource managers, community leaders, policy makers, educators and students with a common passion for this place convene and share and scientific findings and policy insights that address regional challenges. Conference participants are the driving force of this conference, and the reason for its continued success.

Although participants understand well the environmental and social challenges facing the PSGB region, the 2009 conference provided a unique opportunity to network, increase knowledge, and forge a collaborative transboundary “Call to Action.” The Conference Call to Action, read aloud by Adam Harding, age 17, from Pearson College, Vancouver Island, reflects the spirit and intentions of the conference participants and is included in these proceedings. A summary of the specific calls to action that were generated in the concurrent sessions are also included in these proceedings. 
1,179 participants attended the 2009 conference at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center, Feb. 8-11, 2009. The conference program featured four plenary sessions, morning and afternoon networking breaks and daily luncheons. The program featured 156 poster presentations, 259 oral paper presentations and 43 concurrent sessions.

The conference program included the following highlights:

The 2009 Conference theme was “The Future of the Salish Sea: A Call to Action”, with sub-themes focused on:

Conference organizers understand the challenges facing the Salish Sea and took the following steps to reduce the impact of conference-related activities on the environment:

The Puget Sound Partnership and Environment Canada would like to thank the following people for their dedication and commitment to making this conference a success:

2009 Advisory and Review Committee Members
Wayne Bourque - Parks Canada
Ken Brock - Environment Canada
Tracy Collier – National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Kristen Cooley - Puget Sound Partnership
Chris Garrett - University of Victoria
Bronwen Geddes - Environment Canada (Co-Chair)
Simon Geerlofs - Northwest Straits Commission
Eric Grossman – United States Geological Survey
Ray Harris - Hul’qumi’num Treaty Group
Patrick Higgins - Canadian Consulate General
Ron Kreizenbeck - United States Environmental Protection Agency
Debra Lekanof - Swinomish Indian Tribal Community
Randall Lewis - Squamish Nation
Penny Lloyd - Ministry of Environment
Carol Maloy – Washington State Department of Ecology
Diane Masson - Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Tom Mumford - Washington State Department of Natural Resources
Ian Perry – Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Catherine Ponsford - Environment Canada
Michael Rylko - United States Environmental Protection Agency
Angela Stadel - Environment Canada
Dan Stonington – Cascade Land Conservancy
Ronald Thom – Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Lyman Thorsteinson - Western Fisheries Research Center, U.S. Geological Survey
Karen Topelko - Ministry of Environment
Chris Townsend - Puget Sound Partnership (Co-Chair)
Heather Trim - People for Puget Sound
Albert van Roodselaar - Metro Vancouver
Raechel Waters – Washington Sea Grant
Christianne Wilhelmson - Georgia Strait Alliance
Lara Whitely Binder - University of Washington

2009 Conference Planning Team
Kristine Bell, Environment Canada
Debra Bryant, University of Washington Educational Outreach
Syd Fredrickson, University of Washington Educational Outreach
Bronwen Geddes, Environment Canada (Co-Chair)
Jan Kvamme, University of Washington Educational Outreach
Thuch Mam, Puget Sound Partnership
Rachel Patterson, EnviroIssues
Chris Townsend, Puget Sound Partnership (Co-Chair)

2009 Call to Action Team
Timothy Corey, Advanced Approach
Sarah Gage, Biodiversity Council
Jennifer Knauer, Jones & Jones
Linda Lyshall, Puget Sound Partnership
Tammy Owings, Puget Sound Partnership
Ann Seiter, Technical Writing and Editing
Angela Stadel, Environment Canada
Angie Thomson, EnviroIssues

Link to Proceedings Table of Contents

If you are interested in further information on the shared Puget Sound Georgia Basin ecosystem, we encourage you to visit the conference hosts via their Web sites:

Puget Sound Partnership

Environment Canada

Proceedings, updates and links to past research conference proceedings are available from the Puget Sound Partnership Web site.

Chris Townsend
Co-Chair, United States
Telephone: (360) 464-2007

Bronwen Geddes
Co-Chair, Canada
Telephone: (604) 664-9162

Puget Sound Partnership

Environment Canada / Environnement Canada

Georgia Basin

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