Category: Salmon farming

Big Black Bear

Tranquil Creek divine

Tyson Cross is a volunteer member of Clayoquot Action’s Salmon Virus Sampling Team. He lives and works in Tofino, and took the photo above.

The day prior to departing on this excursion to help monitor wild salmon, I watched a short film clip of Robert Bateman. He said “Think of a place that really means something to you deep in your heart.” He fears that if he were to ask young people this question they won’t have that place, it’s just not there. If people have no contact with nature, not only nature but also humanity will have a very gloomy future. However, one can’t despair—take action, it’s useful!

Tranquil Tribal Park—could a name say more? Most simply, the Tranquil is just something that needs to be experienced. Follow the inlet to the mouth of the creek. Follow Tranquil Creek just a little further in, and you will experience one of those moments that lasts a lifetime. Continue reading

Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior welcomed by Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations near Tofino BC

Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior visits Tofino

Dan Lewis is a founding director of Clayoquot Action.

Save Our Salmon

It was a gnarly morning, with a cold wind gusting under grey skies. I was feeling good about the decision to cancel the planned flotilla to greet Greenpeace’s flagship the Rainbow Warrior on the water. We had instead decided to convene at Chesterman’s Beach near Tofino. A couple of dozen people had shown up—not bad considering the conditions, I thought.

And then the magic happened! People began streaming out of the forest, onto the sandspit—all ages, and many walks of life, brightly dressed in a rainbow of raingear.

Sarah King from Greenpeace had spelled ‘Save Our Salmon’ in big letters on the sand. We lay down on the beach, and right on schedule a floatplane flew over, with local photographer Marnie Recker on board. Continue reading

Clayoquot Sound sea kayakers in Tofino harbour. Sander Jain photo.

Introducing Clayoquot Action

Joe Foy, the Wilderness Committee’s National Campaign Director, has been the driving force behind many of their campaigns, including the Stein and Carmanah Valleys. Joe’s passion for the wild is inspired and informed by the thousands of hours he has spent exploring BC’s wild places.

There are few places on the planet that vibrate with an awe-inspiring abundance of life in the way that Clayoquot Sound does.

Moss-hung ancient forests grace the land, with some trees as tall as a skyscraper, as wide as your living room and as old as a European cathedral. Clayoquot’s many bays and inlets team with fish, seabirds and whales. Black bears roll rocks on the beaches, looking for tasty seafood snacks.

When European traders first sailed into Clayoquot Sound in the 18th century, Nuu-chah-nulth villages had already been there for many centuries.

Several decades ago, the Nuu-chah-nulth people launched a successful court challenge to prevent logging that threatened the forests of Meares Island. Around the same time the Tofino-based group Friends of Clayoquot Sound was formed to counter the push by multi-national logging companies who wanted to clearcut the region.

The 1990s saw the largest anti-logging protests in Canadian history happening in Clayoquot Sound.

Today, new threats stalk Clayoquot. Oil tanker traffic, salmon farms and industrial mine proposals threaten to undo the good work of generations of Clayoquot defenders.

But now, 20 years after Clayoquot Summer 1993, a new local group – Clayoquot Action – has been formed to help face these new challenges head on. Clayoquot Action’s founders, Dan Lewis and Bonny Glambeck, were key organizers of those 1990s protests. For the past 25 years they have lived in Clayoquot Sound as keen kayakers, naturalists and ecotourism operators. Dan and Bonny know that although environmental challenges are global by nature, the best place to bring about change is locally, at the community level.

Clayoquot Sound is such a special place. And with the help of Clayoquot Action – may it ever remain so.

Please support Clayoquot Action’s efforts generously through the giving of your time and/or donations.

For the wild…
Joe Foy
Wilderness Committee National Campaign Director

Salmon Confidential inspires Clayoquot Action!

Clayoquot Action hosted filmmaker Twyla Roscovich and wild salmon researcher and advocate Alexandra Morton in Tofino in April. The pair toured BC this spring with Roscovich’s new film Salmon Confidential. They spoke to a sold-out house at the Clayoquot Community Theatre in Tofino after being welcomed to the territory by members of Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations.

In the film Alexandra Morton calls for citizens to stand up for wild salmon by forming Departments of Wild Salmon in local regions. Clayoquot Action is responding to this challenge by launching our Wild Salmon Virus Sampling Project.

Salmon feedlots, like any factory farm, are breeding grounds for disease. When a salmon feedlot has an outbreak, billions of viral particles are shed every hour. These particles are carried far and wide by ocean currents. Because wild fish breath by passing water over their gills, it’s not difficult for viruses to enter their bloodstream and voila! the disease has transferred from farmed to wild salmon. The solution is simple: remove salmon farms from wild salmon migration routes. Act now to protect Clayoquot’s wild salmon!

Beginning in late summer and early fall, Clayoquot Action volunteers will hit the rivers to sample wild salmon for the presence of viruses introduced by salmon farms. Stay tuned for further details…

Coming to Tofino: Salmon Confidential!


Clayoquot Action is proud to present this important documentary on April 17th at the Clayoquot Community Theatre. Event information here.

Follow biologist Alex Morton as she unravels the mysteries of BC’s declining fish stocks.

Dr. Morton and filmmaker Twyla Roscovich will be in attendance!

$8–$10 suggested. Proceeds to Salmon Are Sacred.