March, 2006 : Click here to enjoy the latest edition of our newsletter, REFLECTIONS, including our new boat announcement ! (in Adobe PDF format)
Ocean Adventures with our new ship the Great Bear II will be offering exiting NEW TRIPS in winter 2006 and during the 2007 season: *Winter weekend getaways out of Vancouver and other local points. *Exploration of new parts of British Columbia's awe inspiring coast. Keep checking this section of our website for further details on these NEW TRIPS.
EXCITING NEW BEGINNINGS IN B.C. COASTAL CONSERVATION! COMMERCIAL TROPHY HUNTING ENDED IN LARGE AREA OF B.C. COAST
In a News Release from Raincoast Conservation Foundation, they announce: "B.C. Based Raincoast Conservation Foundation, with the support of five Coastal First Nations, has bought one of the largest commercial trophy hunting licences in North America in an unprecedented move to make conservation the primary objective in managing wildlife--not sport or profit. Individual donors from nine countries contributed to the licence purchase, the vast majority came from Canadian sources."
For further details, visit www.raincoast.org and see complete December 13 news release. While on Raincoast's website, see why the University of Victoria honoured Raincoast's lead wolf researcher, Chris Darimont and how Alexandra Morton wins CSA award for her work on the connection between fish farms, sealice abundance and wild salmon stocks.
B.C GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES SPIRIT BEAR CONSERVANCY:
Visit Valhalla Wilderness Society's website at www.vws.org for details and read of the long struggle these dedicated biologists and conservationists have had in helping reach this agreement. While on their website, read of the many awards and accomplishments Valhalla Wilderness Society have earned. Visit Raincoast Conservation Foundation and read "Notes from the Field" by Ian McAllister and Chris Genovali on why this agreement is only the beginning. (See "outstanding questions" and "government maps" in this article.)
We, at Ocean Adventures, are of course extremely happy for all this good news. However, much is left to do!
** While Raincoast has bought out a large commercial trophy hunting tenure, the B.C Government still allows resident trophy/sport hunting in much of this same area!
** While it is wonderful that some areas have been set aside on our coast for "conservation", as announced by the B.C. government, many questions are still left unanswered, including why is trophy hunting permitted in most of the newly announced "protected" areas?!
**Except for a relatively small area of the Spirit Bears homeland (the newly announced "Spirit Bear Conservancy"), the black bears that produce the white spirit bears are still allowed to be hunted for trophies or sport on B.C.'s coast.
**Fish farms continue to flourish, despite research telling of the terrible effects it has on our wild pacific salmon.
**Logging companies still have a firm hold on British Columbia's coast.
To read our 2005 edition of "Reflections", including the feature article on the Spirit Bear, click here.
To read our 2004 edition of "Reflections", including the feature article on Haida Gwaii (the Queen Charlotte Islands), click here.
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