Marine Conservation. Ecology Preservation. Sometimes it’s difficult to see these words as more than mere catchphrases. But we’ve grown to believe in the genuine meaning behind them. When your days are spent on the water, you not only develop a relationship with the life below you, but a love for the environment that encompasses that marine life. More and more we’re beginning to understand the effects human activity can have on the environment it subsists on. But along with an emerging field known as ethnobiology, we too, believe that this can be a positive relationship.
“We use this conservation value to put our profits back into the very habitat we’re so proud to be a part of.”
Since we bring our passion for cetaceans to you, and we bring you to the water through our tourism, we feel it’s only reasonable that we return portions of our revenue to the wild landscape that wows, captivates, and enthralls us all. We’re fortunate to get to work here and we want to make sure that invitation is sustainable for our oceans for as long as we can.
Your first encounter with the conservation efforts made by Prince of Whales Whale Watching is your $2.00 conservation fee added at the time of booking. From there, our vision for a cleaner, greener, and ecologically vital world grows with each additional step along the way. Seeing the results in our own community and those that transcend beyond to our oceans, is the greatest reward.
“We believe the progress of ‘green’ movements that have taken the world by storm, has largely come out of global environmental research.”
This two dollar fee goes toward our fund for sustainable business and research practices, largely focused on conservation efforts for the health and welfare of whales in the Salish Sea. We use this conservation value to put our profits back into the very habitat we’re so proud to be a part of. In the past, this has gone toward outfitting boats for the Centre for Whale Research with ecologically-suited outboard engines, as well as paying to fuel those boats for ongoing research.
This continues to allow our colleagues to produce the great work they do for education and better understanding of our oceans. We believe the progress of ‘green’ movements that have taken the business-world and consumer-world by storm, has largely come out of global environmental research. The more aware we are as a whole, the more eager we become to join conservation efforts to ensure our livelihoods don’t interrupt the other life our planet sustains as well. Through our research donations, Prince of Whales Whale Watching is proud to continue that momentum.
“A percentage of the profits made from snack sales get forwarded to SPCA’s WildARC Program.”
Once on board any of our covered vessels, you have the option to grab snacks. A percentage of the profits made from snack sales get forwarded to SPCA’s Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre (WildARC) which cares for ill, injured, and orphaned wild animals. We’ve seen this initiative save seals, seagulls, and much more; it’s truly a heartening thing to see. And alas, we can all finally feel encouraged by our mid-day chocolate snacking!
We’ve also used our conservation fund to donate to the Pacific Salmon Foundation (PSF). There’s a saying that if there are ‘no fish’, then there are ‘no blackfish’. When our salmon are affected either by farmed fisheries or ocean acidity, not only do our Grizzly bears starve, but so do our whales. The PSF does tremendous work researching and restoring the Salmon populations of the Pacific Northwest, and we’re proud to support them in doing so.
“This local organization is constructing small smolts managed by fisherman which aim to increase salmon that feed hungry south resident killer whales.”
While we’re talking about Salmon, a portion of this year’s 1% For The Planet donations will go toward the Feeding Our Endangered Orcas initiative. This local organization is constructing a number of small smolts managed by fisherman which aim to increase large adult Chinook salmon in the Juan De Fuca Strait to feed hungry south resident killer whales.
So what does the future hold? With each new finding or ostensibly ‘long-lost’ cetacean sighting, we’re encouraged to keep putting more of our profits back into our Salish Sea to maintain the ecology that surrounds it. We are currently building the sister ship to our newest vessel, the Salish Sea Dream, called the Salish Sea Eclipse, in North Vancouver. The decision to build both vessels locally aids in our aim to reduce our carbon footprint; local labour and products are always a push we can be proud of.
“A portion of this year’s 1% For The Planet donations will go toward the Feeding Our Endangered Orcas initiative.”
As we look into our 25th year, through this blog, we are excited to bring you more detailed, personal stories of where our donations go. We’ll continue to walk and bike to work, as well as purchase organic, biodegradable, and ocean-friendly products for our offices, and we’re excited to support more fieldwork through our longtime partners and inspiring marine researchers.
More tales to come, so stay tuned!