Listed species are those officially designated by the State Department of Fish and Wildlife and/or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service under the Federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) as endangered, threatened, sensitive, or candidate.
Rivers and streams are generally characterized by surface water flow that has produced a defined channel or bed.
Shellfish Habitat Conservation Areas are all public and private tidelands that have been identified by the Washington Department of Health as being suitable for commercial shellfish growing areas, as well as any recreational harvest areas identified by the Washington State Department of Ecology.
The Whatcom County nearshore environment provides important migratory corridors and habitat for forage fish spawning.