Our 2020 marine operations were largely scuppered by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our usual Achiever time spent visiting the territories of coastal First Nations, where we conduct partnered research, was restricted to protect community members, as well as our staff and guests.
Raincoast’s Brian Falconer did participate in the Marine Debris Removal Initiative as a skipper with Bluewater Adventures. With the entire 2020 season written off for most coastal ecotourism operators, we want to add our deep gratitude for their spectacular efforts cleaning up the coast. With the support of numerous coastal First Nations, they cleared over 100 tonnes of debris from the shorelines and beaches of the BC coast.
With safety measures in place in the fall, we were also able to host WSÁNEĆ youth and community members as part of the Salish Sea Emerging Stewards Program.
Despite a challenging year, we have much to look forward to. We are hoping to visit the Great Bear as soon as we can safely do so. In particular, we are looking forward to visiting the spectacular Kitlope Conservancy. Through 2021, Achiever will continue to inspire future generations of stewards through support for youth engagement with the Heiltsuk, Kitasoo/Xai’xais and WSÁNEĆ Nations.