MARINE HABITAT & ECOLOGY CHAMPIONS
- Goal: Begin now to dramatically reduce carbon pollution in the Inside Passage.
- Mission: Make it possible for anyone to voyage cleanly, reliably and affordably through these beloved waters, while supporting the development of locally produced, waste-source marine biofuels, biolobricants and renewable shore power.
- Economic Benefits: New jobs through all renewable and very low carbon fuel and electricity production.
- Participants: Fishers, First Nations, ports, fuel suppliers, chandelries, and boaters (commercial and recreational) who understand that only they can ensure a clean, productive and beautiful Inside Passage for the future.
- Leading Example: Ama Natura is a petroleum-free, high-efficiency motorsailer. She is one example of an effective way to start decarbonizing boats while using existing diesel engines. Many other examples and methods are also detailed on the IPDP website.
IPDP Leadership: Captain Peter Wilcox, a Cascadia Fellow and now honoured as a Canadian Coastal Champion, initiated the IPDP after 17 years of employing biodiesel and 7 years of renewable lubricants in successive vessels. AMA was inspired by a sailing salmon troller and designed as a platform for testing and perfecting low-carbon and water producing strategies.
The T.Buck Suzuki Environmental Foundation (TBSEF) has been working for nearly 40 years to protect fish and fish habitat. Founded by fishermen who were conscious of the many threats that were affecting fish, TBSEF has worked tirelessly to ensure the preservation of these precious aquatic resources. The Foundation has been involved in many habitat-related campaigns, including collaborative efforts to halt pulp and sewage pollution, destructive logging practices, major developments, and water diversions. In addition to its campaigns, the Foundation has initiated marsh reclamation projects and established a riparian nursery dedicated to rearing native plants for stream restoration.
Today, our staff continue to work tirelessly to ensure healthy coasts with productive fisheries for future generations. Current campaigns are focused on minimizing the impacts of developments and tanker traffic on the North Coast; educating mariners on environmentally-friendly practices; and reducing marine pollution and debris.