The naming of the “Salish Sea” began with a proposal to call the combined waters of the Puget Sound, the Strait of Georgia and the Strait of Juan de Fuca the Salish Sea—first submitted to the Washington State Board of Geographical names in 1989.
Where on Earth is the Salish Sea? According to a recent report published by The SeaDoc Society, less than half of the people in Washington and British Columbia have heard of the Salish Sea, even though they live alongside it.
The words “Salish” and “Sea”, used together, identify a very unique geographical feature. With this article, in order to further define the naming of the Salish Sea, I will consider the individual meaning of these two words.