RESEARCH & CONSERVATION
$3 will be added to all fares to make a difference and support marine wildlife research, ecosystem restoration and education in Clayoquot Sound.
Clayoquot Sound was designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve by the United Nations in 2000. This designation is largely symbolic but serves as a reminder to all of us living and visiting Tofino that it is indeed a rare mix of ecosystems – mainly temperate coastal rainforest, ocean, and rocky coastal shores - worthy of respect. The Whale Centre has made a long term commitment to protect and preserve the spectacular natural setting we are fortunate to live and do business in. This year we have increased our eco conservation fee to $3 to make a difference and contribute more to conservation and science in the Tofino area.
A few of the important organizations we support:
PACIFIC WILDLIFE FOUNDATION
The origins of the Pacific WildLife Foundation are in the West Coast Whale Research Foundation (WCWRF) founded in 1980 to administer, support and conduct whale research and education programs.Our mission is “to inspire conservation of coastal and marine ecosystems through scientific inquiry and education.” With generous public support, WCWRF met its mandate by contributing significantly to the first scientific descriptions of gray, humpback and killer whales in British Columbia and the North Pacific, and through education programs ranging from popular articles and books to the 1992 Gemini award winning documentary ‘Island of Whales’ narrated by Gregory Peck. Several prominent cetacean scientists operating in British Columbia today have their roots in the WCWRF. Prominent among them is Jim Darling whose pioneering research on whales was supported for many years by WCWRF.
STRAWBERRY ISLE MARINE RESEARCH SOCIETY
Founded by Rod Palm in 1991, Strawberry Isle Marine Research Society (SIMRS) is a registered charity based in Clayoquot Sound on the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. SIMRS is a group of dedicated naturalists living and working on the waters of west coast Vancouver Island BC, conducting primary research and monitoring of various marine ecosystems in Clayoquot Sound. The Whale Centre supports Bigg’s Killer Whale Research and monitoring in Clayoqout Sound. The data collected helps to produce information on individuals, frequency of visitation, routes traveled, and behaviour of Bigg’s Killer Whales in Clayoquot Sound. To date The Whale Centre has donated over $100,000 to help the important research that SIMRS facilities in Tofino.
Clayoquot Sound is an ecologically rich ecosystem suffering from the impact of ocean plastics and marine debris. Clayoquot CleanUp is a world leader in marine habitat restoration. Specializing in emergency spill response, accumulated debris removal, and aquaculture site deconstruction and removal our team of technical experts possess advanced training and experience that assures successful restoration of demanding marine environments. Clayoquot CleanUp continues to work within Clayoquot Sound targeting the removal of accumulated ocean plastics and marine debris, abandoned aquaculture sites, and responding to emergency pollution spills throughout the area.
We would like to thank all our patrons who come out on tours with us! We could contribute to local conservation without you!