Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge has pledged to progressively phase out its salmon fishing program in an effort to reduce its ecological impact, and raise awareness about the diminishing wild salmon populations in Clayoquot Sound.
Native Chinook Salmon stocks have decreased at an alarming rate in recent years, which causes devastating collateral damage for the entire ecosystem. Most alarmingly, the endangered southern resident Orcas which feed solely on the fish. A combination of climate change, logging, overfishing, marine pollution, aquaculture and disease are some of the factors contributing to the decline.
“It’s a move we’ve considered for the last few years,” says General Manager Bradley Goian. “Obviously this was not an easy decision, as salmon fishing is one of the main attractions to this region and has been part of our adventure programming since the lodge opened in 2000. But the evidence is clear right in our own backyard on the Bedwell River that chinook are going extinct. We feel strongly that we don’t want to keep contributing to the problem.”
The remote luxury wilderness lodge is located on the west coast of Vancouver Island, 40 minutes boat ride from Tofino, and pride themselves on their immersive sustainability practices. An environmental legacy program is funded by the lodge directly as well as 3% environmental tax for guests. These days almost all funds raised go towards Salmon conservation and rehabilitation.