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Episode 1403: Kelp: Hidden Treasure of the Salish Sea

The kelp forests of the Pacific Northwest’s Puget Sound have played an essential role in the local ecosystem for thousands of years, providing an underwater haven and food source for hundreds of species of mammals, fish, and invertebrates, including the area’s iconic Southern Resident killer whales. Today, this hidden treasure of the Salish Sea is in documented decline, but a diverse web of resource managers, scientists, tribal citizens, and advocates across the region are working against time to solve the mysteries of conserving and restoring kelp forests.


Meet the experts featured in this episode.

Image Credits

Changing Seas would like to thank the following individuals and institutions who kindly allowed their footage, images and other media to be used in this production:


Sealife Productions


Puget Sound Restoration Fund


Paul Hillman

NOAA Fisheries Service


Tyler Cowdrey

Washington State Department of Natural Resources


Laura James Videographer

Courtesy Samish Indian Nation


Brooke Weigel

University of Washington


PNW Protectors


Jack Riley


Ryan Campbell


NOAA Fisheries

Video Taken Under NMFS ESA/MMPA Permit No. 16163 and NMFS Research Permit Numbers: 

18786 & 21368


Katy Foster and NOAA Fisheries

 filmed under NMFS Research Permit No. 21368



Special Thanks:


Fleur Anteau and University of Washington

Friday Harbor Labs 


Jason Ticknor

Samish Indian Nation


Sarah van Gelder and Tom Ostrom

Suquamish Tribe


Thea Roe

Deception Pass State Park


Jason Armstrong

Washington State Park & Recreation Commission


Bob Vaux

City of Anacortes


Sylvana Niehuser

City of Olympia Parks


Kelly L. Von Holtz

The Evergreen State College 


Jeff Henderson

Port of Indianola


Patricia Smith 

Funding for this episode of Changing Seas was provided by: