What it is going to take…
- Heightened awareness and continued education
- Sustainable fisheries and healthy wild Pacific Salmon stocks
- Continued research into understanding where the whales go in the winter and what they do
- Improved technologies for boating
- Continued education for younger generations – the next group of Salish Sea ambassadors!!
- Ongoing efforts to foster and promote ethical boating etiquette amongst all user groups: fishing – both private and commercial, kayaking, sailing, seaplanes, cruise ships, freighters, ferries, etc.
What You Can Do
- Volunteer for a shoreline cleanup
- Help out at a fish hatchery
- Assist in monitoring a local watershed
- Carry your own reusable bags to avoid the use of plastic bags
- Buy recycled, biodegradable products
- Buy local!
- Avoid buying products with heavy packaging
- Support businesses that are members of 1% For the Planet
Dispose of garbage responsibly
- Avoid balloons, or make sure they make it into the garbage when you are finished with them. Never release helium-filled balloons into the environment!
- Cut plastic six-pack rings before throwing them away or better yet, avoid buying products that use them. They trap all kinds of wildlife and cause countless deaths along the way
- Make sure car oil, antifreeze, pet waste and expired medications are properly disposed of. Contact your local municipality to find out how
- Don’t leave used fishing line and hooks around for other critters to get caught in. If you see any on the beach, pick it up and throw it in the trash
Keep your lawn pesticide free!
- Rainfall washes all those pesticides into the storm drains and out into the oceans
Raise your voice
- Sign petitions, write to your local government representative, and send letters and emails. Tell organizations why you support them, or why you don’t!
- Choose Ocean Wise Seafood
- Check out the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch to choose the most responsible dinner options
Adopt a whale
- Support wild whale research. Wild whale adoptions make great gifts for kids and adults alike! Check out the Vancouver Aquarium and The Whale Museum for more information
Help put an end to whaling
- Did you know that whaling is still happening in our oceans? A 1986 moratorium on commercial whaling, put forward by the International Whaling Commission, was intended to put an end to whaling around the world. Since this decision, well over 60,000 whales have been killed by Iceland, Norway, Japan and the Faroe Islands (Denmark).
- You can help put an end to this by signing petitions, contacting your local embassies and members of parliament, raising awareness and supporting non-profit anti-whaling groups
- Support Sea Shepherd Society who are actively preventing the act of hunting whales
Above all, be proactive! Don’t wait for someone else to fix the problem – you can make a difference!