Everything is interconnected, no matter if you live in Japan, Europe or the United States…everything flows downhill, down the drain and ends up in the ocean. Understanding how our actions affect the marine environment can help us change our habits and save the whales!
“Our personal consumer choices have ecological, social, and spiritual consequences. It is time to re-examine some of our deeply held notions that underlie our lifestyles.”– David Suzuki
Envision a world where humans and nature live in harmony and we are no longer putting our marine environment at risk.
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
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