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January 14, 2020

Eagle Wing Tours donates $15,000 to Pacific Salmon Foundation

Eagle Wing Whale Watching Tours and the Pacific Salmon Foundation (PSF) are pleased to announce a $15,000 donation by Eagle Wing to support Pacific salmon programs focused on the enhancement and restoration of Fraser River Chinook. This donation from Eagle Wing Tours will ensure that Pacific salmon conservation projects in the Salish Sea have the support they need to further their good work and research. Since 2015, Eagle Wing Tours have supported PSF’s Salish Sea Marine Survival Project (SSMSP), an ecosystem-based research effort determining the most significant factors affecting Chinook salmon in the Strait of Georgia.

"When salmon decline, orcas suffer. Eagle Wing is committed to contributing to the enhancement of the Pacific salmon population for the welfare of the Southern Resident Killer Whales," said Eagle Wing Tours Co-Owner / Captain Brett Soberg. "We believe the work of the Pacific Salmon Foundation is key to the survival of these magnificent creatures and, as a result, will continue to be long-time, ardent supporters of their research and conservation efforts."

“We are grateful to Eagle Wing Tours for this generous donation and their continued support for PSF programs. Their leadership in ecotourism and commitment to Pacific salmon stewardship have been very important to PSF for many years,” says Michael Meneer, PSF President and CEO. “We are excited to continue working closely with Eagle Wing. They were the first whale watching tour company in the southern Vancouver Island area to implement a wildlife fee per passenger, which supports further Pacific salmon research, restoration and education.”

To date, Eagle Wing Tours has raised over $60,000 since 2015 in support of PSF’s Salish Sea Marine Survival Project, and has inspired other ecotourism companies to do the same. Chinook salmon make up the majority of Southern Resident Orca diets, who rarely change their primary food source, and the Salish Sea is a critical foraging ground for these whales. Twenty-five years ago, Chinook returns in the Salish Sea dramatically dropped by 90 per cent, and have never recovered. Now, there are 73 Southern Resident Killer Whales left in the wild. This donation by Eagle Wing Tours supports the research, restoration and recovery of Chinook in the Salish Sea, which in turn supports the struggling Southern Residents.

 

Contact: Jollean Willington

Pacific Salmon Foundation

Manager, Media & Public Relations

O 604.664.7664 ext.129

C 778.881.7792

jwillington@psf.ca

 

About the Pacific Salmon Foundation: Pacific Salmon Foundation was created in 1987 as an independent, non-governmental, charitable organization to protect, conserve and rebuild Pacific Salmon populations in British Columbia and the Yukon. The Foundation’s mission is to be the trusted voice for conservation and restoration of wild Pacific Salmon and their ecosystems and works to bring salmon back stream by stream through the strategic use of resources and by supporting local communities. www.psf.ca

About Eagle Wing Tours: Eagle Wing Tours is Canada’s first 100% carbon-neutral whale-watching company and certified Gold with Green Tourism Canada. Rated number one on Trip Advisor since 2007, we guarantee adventure with the most thrilling and transformative marine experiences on the Salish Sea. Environmental stewardship is a core value of our family-owned company and we are proud to support 1% for the Planet and a variety of conservation initiatives that directly benefit the Salish Sea and its inhabitants. www.eaglewingtours.com