2020 marks 10 years since Nootka Marine Adventures made its first donation to the Nootka Sound Watershed Society. Marine Operations Manager Gibran White remembers being approached by past presidents Richard Dennison and Roger Dunlop about contributing to their cause on behalf of Moutcha Bay Resort, which was in its very first year of operations under NMA. The team at Nootka Marine Adventures quickly realized that in order to have a meaningful and direct impact on local salmon enhancement and habitat restoration efforts, they needed to do more. In 2011 we held our first successful Salmon Enhancement Derby with proceeds going to the NSWS, and have held one every Canada Day Long Weekend since. Our amazing partners and sponsors are always ready to back our efforts and help ensure the success of these events. In 2015 we began to focus funding on a much needed Coho enhancement program which has grown to produce an additional 100 000 clipped Conuma Coho annually.
The Nootka Sound Watershed Society has matured into a diverse Board representing all sides of the fishing industry. Their collaborative and inclusive approach is a model that works so well in Area 25 where our small population of only 2000 residents need to rely on one another – no voices are left off the table. We are incredibly proud to be a part of this important stewardship program and our belief in their mission is visible in everything we do as a company. To date we have raised over $100 000 and we cannot wait to share the Nootka Sound Watershed Society’s vision with each of our guests. This summer we have had to adapt to the changes put in place due to Covid19, and as we are unable to gather socially to raise funds for this phenomenal group we have turned our efforts to our online platforms. Our new donation button will send funds directly to the NSWS, and our social media campaigns will be focused on raising awareness during these unprecedented times. Please stay tuned with us as we navigate fundraising without gatherings – your support is needed now more than ever.
The Nootka Sound Watershed Society is a group of local Nootka community members, First Nations representatives, local elected representatives, biologists, industry representatives, commercial fishermen, sport fishermen, educators and stewards with one common goal: to see a healthy revival of salmon stocks to the Nootka Sound and Esperanza Inlet watersheds.
They are governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and have over 200 members from all walks of life. The Board meets monthly to discuss conservation, enhancement, restoration, assessment, stewardship and economic development pertaining to Pacific Salmon in the Nootka Sound and Esperanza Inlet areas.
The Nootka Sound Watershed Society has three main mandates:
The NSWS strives to provide an inclusive and respectful community-based forum to effectively address ecological and economic issues surrounding salmon in the Nootka Sound and Esperanza Inlet areas.
By raising funds NSWS can grow the stewardship capacity of local communities and enable their citizens to make a positive change for the well-being of the environment.
- STRATEGIC PLANNING:
The NSWS works with its partners in developing a Watershed Recovery Plan. This plan will consider the communities’ and stakeholders’ values, priorities, and capacity in order to create a roadmap for the future.
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