Keeping our coasts and oceans healthy starts with understanding what is happening. Ocean Watch, our new reporting series, delves into what’s happening in our coastal ecosystems through articles organized into seven themes. This Howe Sound Edition is our pilot report. In the full report, we present a collection of Howe Sound articles contributed by many guest authors and reviewers. We invited scientists behind the global Ocean Health Index to contribute as well. We hope you find this mix of perspectives informative. In order to provide a visual snapshot summary of all the status information we compiled, we developed and applied a rating scheme to help people understand what is happening at a quick glance. From there you can dive in deeper.