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CARE Network Donation & Coexistence Initiatives

CARE Network Donation & Coexistence Initiatives

Soon the west coast will have an animal shelter outfitted to not only keep the dogs and cats of our region safe, but also the wild animals who we share this special peninsula with. Thanks to the $30,000 donation from Ocean Outfitters, CARE Network has now raised enough funds to establish the first phase of this important, regional resource. This large donation, which is made possible by guests joining us on our tours, is part of our larger carnivore co-existence initiative.

The region’s new animal shelter and care facility will temporarily house injured, ill, neglected and stray dogs, cats and other animals in need. When left in our communities, these animals often suffer and public safety is compromised. For instance, these suffering animals can become attractants to wildlife resulting in tragic conflict situations. CARE’s new facility will help solve some of these challenges faced across the region, from Ahousaht to Hitacu.

Tranquil Watershed Restoration Update

Tranquil Watershed Restoration Update

We have committed $200,000.00/year to monitor and restore the Tranquil River in Tla-o-qui-aht Territory. Central Westcoast Forest Society (CWFS) installed a rotary screw trap which was in place from March 28 until early June. CWFS had over 100 volunteers come out to help them count fish daily! They identified, weighed, measured and re-release 1,255 Chinook, 4,882 Coho, and 21,046 Chum. Visible parasites, scars and deformities were also noted. In collaboration with Dr. Kristi Miller's lab, samples were collected for further disease and pathogen testing. Samples were also collected for stomach content analysis in both the river and the estuary in collaboration with Will Duguid' lab at the University of Victoria. 

Plankton Tuesdays Return!

Plankton Tuesdays Return!

Plankton are organisms that live in the ocean, drifting with tides and currents. Boring?

Hardly! Collectively, plankton fuel the entire marine ecosystem and represent the vast majority of the ocean's total biomass. This incredibly varied group includes everything from algae encased in jewel-like glass shells, to fierce and deadly predators - and their elusive prey. An entire ecosystem on a microscopic scale!

2018 Raincoast Education Society Donation

2018 Raincoast Education Society Donation

Last night, we presented the Raincoast Education Society with a $35,000 donation to support their mission. We feel strongly about our role as a responsible and contributing member of the community and our environment. We choose to follow a model of restorative tourism that aims past the bottom-line profit motive and is based on community responsibility, environmental stewardship and carbon action.

An Inspirational Evening With Ian McAllister

An Inspirational Evening With Ian McAllister

On March 10th, Ocean Outfitters hosted it's 3rd annual conservation speaker series where we bring inspiring people to the community to share their stories and images, to remind us what we have, but also what we have to lose.

Ian McAllister is a renowned conservationist and a photo journalist. He co-founded Pacific Wild along with his wife Karen. Pacific Wild is committed to defending wildlife and wildlife habitat on Canada’s Pacific Coast by developing and implementing conservation solutions in collaboration with First Nations communities, and scientists.

He has authored and co-authored ten books on the BC coast and is currently directing a large screen IMAX film on the Great Bear Rainforest. His images have appeared in publications around the world receiving numerous awards. He is a fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society and the International League of Conservation Photographers. He and his wife, Karen, were named by Time magazine, "Leaders of the 21st Century" for their efforts to protect British Columbia's endangered rainforest.