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  • the keeping or protecting of something from change, loss, or damage;
  • the preservation, management, and care of natural and cultural resources.

Pacific Northwest Expeditions understands the importance of taking good care of British Columbia’s spectacular coastal environment. We encourage low-impact activities on the water and on the land, and we support organizations that are working to protect the coastal environment that is so special to us.

By joining one of our tours, you are helping us to support the work of these not-for-profit conservation organizations, and we thank you for that.

Pacific Northwest Expeditions supports the following conservation organizations with financial contributions, by donating trips for fund raisers, or by work in kind.

Johnstone Strait Killer Whale Interpretive Centre Society

Johnstone Strait Killer Whale Interpretive Centre SocietyThe purpose of the Society is to encourage and support research and provide educational resources to further the knowledge of killer whale behaviour and biology and, more generally, to encourage marine research including other marine mammals, salmon, and other components of the marine environment. Since 2006 Brian Collen has been a director with the JSKWICS, and is currently serving as the Chairperson.

B.C. Wild Killer Whale Adoption Program

British Columbia Wild Killer Whale Adoption ProgramMany of our guests joining us on a Johnstone Strait tour, inquire into ways in which they can support wild killer whales.
By becoming a member of the British Columbia Wild Killer Whale Adoption Program you will be directly supporting continuing research which will lead to a better understanding of the whales, their place in the ocean ecosystem, and the conservation measures necessary to protect them. The Killer Whale Adoption Program is hosted by the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre, a non-profit organization. All contributions from the program are donated towards various wild killer whale research projects. We encourage you to visit their website, check it out and get involved. www.killerwhale.org

British Columbia Cetacean Sightings Network

Pacific Northwest Expeditions guides have participated in this important marine mammal conservation program since it's inception. The BC Cetacean Sightings Network is a project of the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre's Cetacean Research Lab. On all our sea kayak touring trips, you will be assisting to provide information into this on-going project. www.wildwhales.org

BC Marine Mammal Response Network

Marine Mammal Response NetworkPacific Northwest Expeditions owners are members of the BC Marine Mammal Response Network (BCMMRN). The BCMMRN contributes to the conservation and protection of marine mammals and sea turtles in BC waters by helping distressed marine mammals, and collecting data from dead ones. While Fisheries & Oceans Canada is the governing agency with the authority for the protection and management of marine mammals and sea turtles in Canada, the BCMMRN is a collaborative program between government agencies, research, conservation and outreach groups, wildlife rescue organizations and BC citizens.

Marine Education and Research Society (MERS)

MERSMERS is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting conservation and understanding of marine ecosystems through scientific research and environmental education. MERS formed as a way to bring together a group of local dedicated marine biologists and educators to collaborate on a variety of wide-ranging marine research projects. Subjects include everything from humpback and minke whales, to birds and invertebrates. www.mersociety.org

Georgia Strait Alliance

Georgia Strait AllianceOne group that we support is the Georgia Strait Alliance. Whether the issue is salmon farming, toxic pollution, endangered species or habitat loss, we see the Georgia Strait Alliance working hard and effectively, to create the kind of lasting changes that are needed to keep our coastal waters and wildlife healthy. That’s why our company is pleased to be part of the Georgia Strait Alliance’s Eco-Adventurers Program. www.georgiastrait.org

Nanaimo Area Land Trust

Nanaimo Area Land TrustA group of Nanaimo residents who came together to form a community land trust organization because of mutual concerns about the wholesale decimation of natural lands within the Nanaimo area. The land trust's dedicated staff and volunteers work to identify, preserve, and foster the stewardship of areas of natural beauty, valuable wildlife habitat and urban green space in the Nanaimo area. Gillian Butler co-founder of Pacific Northwest Expeditions served on the board of directors from 1999 to 2011. www.nalt.bc.ca


EcojusticeEcojustice, formerly Sierra Legal Defence Fund, is Canada’s leading non-profit organization of lawyers and scientists devoted to protecting the environment. Since 1990, Ecojustice has helped establish powerful legal precedents in defence of our air, water, wildlife and natural spaces.


The following are local grassroots conservation organizations which we believe are very worthy of support.

Living Oceans SocietyLiving Oceans Society

Living Oceans Society is a non-profit research and public education organization that promotes the need for a healthy ocean and healthy communities on Canada’s Pacific Coast. www.livingoceans.org

Raincoast Research

Formed in 1982 by scientist Alexandra Morton. In 1984, Alexandra began a long-term study of killer whales in the Broughton Archipelago. When the first salmon farm moved into the archipelago in 1987, the sudden decline of killer whales in areas of intensive salmon farming activity led increasingly to research related to salmon farming and its impacts on the food chain upon which whales depend. www.raincoastresearch.org

Coastal Alliance for Aquaculture ReformCoastal Alliance for Aquaculture Reform

The Coastal Alliance for Aquaculture Reform (CARR) is a coalition of environmental stewardship organizations that are working to promote safe and sustainable fish farming practices, protect wild salmon, coastal ecosystems and communities, and human health. Visit their website to learn more.  www.farmedanddangerous.org

Save Our Salmon (SOS)

The SOS Marine Conservation Foundation is a group of Western Canadians dedicated to resolving marine conservation challenges and creating new opportunities through technological innovation.

SOS is a broad coalition of business leaders, entrepreneurs, engineers, financial and legal professionals, philanthropists and recreational fishers.

David Suzuki Foundation

The David Suzuki FoundationSince 1990, the David Suzuki Foundation has worked to find ways for society to live in balance with the natural world that sustains us. Focusing on four program areas – oceans and sustainable fishing, forests and wild lands, climate change, clean energy, and the web of life - the Foundation uses science and education to promote solutions that help conserve nature. www.davidsuzuki.org

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