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New Pacific Salmon Foundation Partnership

May 29, 2015

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Pacific Salmon Foundation Partnership Press Release

May 29, 2015

Orca Spirit Adventures and The Pacific Salmon Foundation have joined forces to take action to protect our coastal marine habitat.  Beginning June 1st, Orca Spirit Adventures will implement a $1 fee for each guest, to go towards the restoration of Salmon in the Salish Sea.

The Pacific Salmon Foundation operates as a conduit for Salmon Conservation projects all along the BC coast.  The Foundation funds grassroots community-led Salmon projects, as well as larger-scale restoration and research projects such as the Salish Sea Marine Survival Project.  This project is intended to increase the population of wild Coho and Chinook in the Salish Sea.  Chinook are a favourite food source for the Southern Resident Killer Whale Community.

“I commend Orca Spirit Adventures for acknowledging a responsibility to support the marine health of the Salish Sea,” said Dr. Brian Riddell, president and CEO of the Pacific Salmon Foundation. “Chinook salmon form a major part of Killer Whales’ diet, yet Chinook abundance in the Salish Sea remains depressed. By donating $1 from each of their guests to our project, Orca Spirit Adventures is helping the eco-system they benefit from. We hope that their leadership will inspire more eco-tourism and whale watching companies in British Columbia to get involved.”

“The health of Salmon on our coast is so vital for the health of the Southern Resident Killer Whales.” Says Lauren Douglas, Managing Director at Orca Spirit Adventures. “Our crew is active in many volunteer projects along our coastline to help clean up our beaches and increase the Salmon population”.

Orca Spirit Adventures is an advocate for environmental stewardship and is a leader in the eco-marine tourism industry.  As of 2012 Orca Spirit has been consciously reducing their carbon footprint on the environment, by providing Carbon Neutral Tours.  The first step is reducing Co2 emissions by finding greener ways to operate, such as purchasing more environmentally friendly engines, using a hybrid vehicle for around-town transportation and offering a complimentary shuttle pick-up for all of their guests, to reduce car traffic on the road.  The second step is to then offset the remaining emissions.  Orca Spirit works with Offsetters to purchase Carbon Credits in support of the Great Bear Forest Carbon Project, helping to protect this last great rainforest.

Orca Spirit Adventures is a proud member of Vancouver Island Green Business Association and pending Green Tourism Canada Certification.  “We believe that the time for change is now, and by educating and taking action everywhere we can, our marine habitat can be protected for future generations to enjoy.”  Says Orca Spirit Adventures owner, John Douglas.  “Orca Spirit Adventures looks forward to working with The Pacific Salmon Foundation on this project.”

For further Information:

Orca Spirit Adventures
Oriana Smy
oriana@orcaspirit.com
www.orcaspirit.com
250-858-6220

Pacific Salmon Foundation
Elayne Sun
esun@psf.ca
www.psf.ca
604-340-6940

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