SUPPORTING RESEARCH & CONSERVATION
Orca Spirit Adventures actively supports the efforts of organizations dedicated to wildlife research and conservation, including education, recovery and policy development around wildlife in their natural habitat.
Not only have we adopted multiple killer whales through the Whale Museum, we also support the Pacific Salmon Foundation, Center for Whale Research, Greater Victoria Animal Crusaders (GVAC) Rescue, Ducks Unlimited, Victoria Hospice, and World Fisheries Trust.
INVOLVEMENT AND SUPPORT
PACIFIC SALMON FOUNDATION
Since June 1st, 2015 Orca Spirit Adventures and the Pacific Salmon Foundation have worked together to take action to protect our coastal marine habitat. Orca Spirit Adventures’ guests pay a $2 conservation fee that 100% goes towards the restoration of the salmon in the Salish Sea. Since 2015, we have proudly donated over $59,000 to the Pacific Salmon Foundation.
SOUTHERN RESIDENT ORCA ADOPTION
In 2011, Orca Spirit adopted five orcas from the Southern Resident community through the Whale Museum—one for each of our Marine Naturalists. In the last two years, we adopted whales on behalf of all of our captains, and in 2018 we adopted three more in celebration of Family Day.
CENTRE FOR WHALE RESEARCH
We proudly contribute to the Center’s research of the endangered Southern Resident killer whales and support its mission is to facilitate the recovery of this beloved population of Orcas through non-invasive scientific study, public awareness & education, and conservation action.
CETUS RESEARCH & CONSERVATION SOCIETY
Orca Spirit supports Cetus marine conservation society which works to reduce disturbances to marine mammals on the BC coast and promote respect for our marine environment through on-the-water and land-based education, outreach and direct monitoring activities.
PACIFIC WHALE WATCH ASSOCIATION
As member company, Orca Spirit supports the Pacific Whale Watch Foundation’s commitment to education and conservation while advocating responsible whale watching. Our company is 1 of 32 dedicated whale watching and ecotourism businesses committed to research, education, and responsible wildlife viewing.
WORLD FISHERIES TRUST
Orca Spirit proudly supports World Fisheries Trust, a Canadian non-profit organization dedicated to the equitable and sustainable use and conservation of aquatic biodiversity. WFT engages in scientific and social research, environmental education, policy development, and appropriate field implementation of solutions.
PORT OF VANCOUVER ECHO PROGRAM
We proudly support The Enhancing Cetacean Habitat and Observation (ECHO) Program – a Vancouver Fraser Port Authority-led initiative aimed at better understanding and managing the impact of shipping activities on at-risk whales throughout the southern coast of British Columbia.
GLOBAL GHOST GEAR INITIATIVE
Orca Spirit proudly supports The Global Ghost Gear Initiative (GGGI) – a cross-sectoral alliance committed to driving solutions to the problem of lost and abandoned fishing gear worldwide. The GGGI aims to improve the health of marine ecosystems, protect marine animals, and safeguard human health and livelihoods.
Green Business Certification & Accreditations
We achieved Gold Member status with the Vancouver Island Green Business Association, and Silver Certification from Green Tourism Canada.
Responsible Whale Watching Practices
Right from the beginning, we’ve followed the viewing, vessel operation and radio etiquette guidelines for responsible whale watching.