Our actions include:
Petitioning the Parliament of Canada to increase the allowable approach distance of vessels to whales from 100m to 200m. This was achieved in 2018. As of June 1st 2019 the approach distance has been increased to 400m;
Designing and selling POD tee shirts to raise funds for our actions and events;
Creating a face book page to communicate with our 100 plus members;
Joining the Whale Trail, an international organization which advocates land based whale watching;
Producing a pamphlet which shows the best Pender Island spots for watching Orcas from the shore;
Sending a written submission to the National Energy Board on the danger of a diluted bitumen spill to marine mammals, our shores, our community and our economy. No risk is acceptable;
Writing to the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans - DFO Canada, to support Raincoast Conservation Foundation’s call for a closure on the
Chinook fishery. The 2019 closure includes the ocean surrounding Pender and Saturna Islands and a no go area for all boats - a Sanctuary for the JClan Orcas.
Commissioning and installing “Be Whale Wise” signs at 3 Pender Island marinas - Otter Bay, Browning Harbour and Bedwell Harbour.
Holding public events with expert speakers and films to inform and inspire the community, including letter writing sessions to government ministries.
POD enjoys wide support in our community and we often collaborate with other organizations such as the Pender Conservancy, Save Our Whales and the youth group, Salish Sea Stars.