|Posted on August 9, 2016 at 2:24 PM||comments (134)|
Recently while on a Family Fun Fishing charter near the Lenard Island Lighthouse a Humpback Whale swam quite close to the boat and rolled over on its side. That day we caught a bunch of Copper Rock Fish at a depth of about 15 m. , which we released.
As an experienced ex-commercial fisherman who caught and supplied live Rock Fish for the (high-end) Asian restaurant market I know these fish will survive. Fisheries studies show that 90% of these fish die, however, that study was done at 90 m. (300 ft) with commercial gear, however, almost all of the fishing we do on our fishing charters are at 12 to 20 m (40 to 65 ft). Fishing at these much shallower depths and bringing the fish up much slower is considerably less damaging to the fish and the vast majority do survive. As a `Live Cod Fisherman`, no buyer would have paid me 10x the price of a dead fish if they didn`t make to the restaurants alive. I believe our `Catch & Policy` is a great way of educating up and coming fishers to ensure healthy sustainable fish populations.
|Posted on August 9, 2016 at 12:57 PM||comments (145)|
Recently, while entering Ahous Bay for remote island surfing and camping drop-off on the West Side on Vargas Island, we encountered 4 Gray Whales feeding. On the return cruise back to Tofino there were 8 whales in Ahous Bay, it is always great to see larger numbers of whales and wildlife in Clayoquot Sound.
The Remote Surfing and Camping drop-off is at a very protected smaller cove just West of Ahous Bay, with a 5 minute hike through the forest to a beautiful prestine beach with a great surfing break on Vargas Island. That beach with some sand dunes is known locally as Little BaJa; it is a great place to Camp, Surf, and Beachcomb. I should mention there is a food cache and a toilet at the drop-off cove. Few people go there and with plenty of beach you should be able to find your solitude if that's what you're looking for.
|Posted on May 31, 2016 at 3:24 PM||comments (121)|
Info from BC Parks is 1st `Comment`, I was unable to post the article directly.
|Posted on August 11, 2013 at 5:24 PM||comments (134)|
Wolf Advisory – August 10th, 2013
Over this past week BC Parks has received numerous reports of close wolf encounters on Vargas Island.
A number of these reports indicate that one or more animal(s) is habituated and is looking for human food.
At this time it is imperative that all people going to Vargas Island be extremely mindful with how they store their food at night or during the day if camp is un-occupied. Food left unattended for even a brief time can be enough to entice wolves that are already highly habituated to people.
All park users should have a solid plan to securely store their food and should have the equipment and skills available to hang their food in the event food caches are full.
Further to this, following the steps below will help prevent wolves from habituating to humans and becoming food conditioned:
Space is safe
It is extremely important to discourage wolves from approaching people. The larger the space between you and the wolf, the safer it is for both you and the wolf.
If a wolf appears and acts unafraid, take the following action as soon as you notice the animal:
Remember: The wolves needs to know that you may be a threat to them.
Good Camping Ethics
It is extremely important that park visitors ensure all food and items smelling of food are stored out of reach of wildlife.
Please follow the above camping ethics when in wolf country and help keep wolves wild.
Recreating in Coastal Wolf habitat
It is common for wolves to feed on seal and sea lion carcasses that have washed up on the shores of the coastal islands. To allow natural feeding, BC Parks is asking all hikers, campers, and kayakers to avoid camping or hanging out at locations where a seal or sea lion carcass has washed ashore. As well, if in a vessel or kayak, do not approach wolves that are foraging along the coastline or swimming across channels. The fact that you are on a vessel or in a kayak will not eliminate the course of habituation.
Do not bring your dog. Dogs are a high level attractant to wolves and other large carnivores. Protect your pet – keep them at home.
BC Parks is still strongly advising park visitors to not bring their pets to Vargas Island and Flores Island Parks.
Please report wolf sighting to BC Parks staff; and report any wildlife - human interactions where public safety is at risk by dialing 24 hour hotline 1-877-952-7277.
|Posted on August 11, 2013 at 5:09 PM||comments (252)|
BC Parks is asking all park users to, "Report any human-wildlife interaction where public safety is at risk." This includes any activities like leaving food for wolves and/or 'baiting' animals to increase photo opportunities. Any activity that habituates wild predatory animals to human contact most often leads to their demise and I'm sure none of us want to be responsible for the death of bears or wolves; or for that matter an animal attack on another person, particularly a child.
BC Parks is also asking us to report all wolf sightngs.
To report call 250 954-4618 or 250 725-2149. For more information checkout www.bcparks.ca
|Posted on August 9, 2013 at 1:40 AM||comments (233)|
Great News; There are now 2 landing locations available to access the Lone Cone Trail. For guided hikes there is a closer new trail-head from the First Nations village of Opitsat. And for hikers not requiring a guide the old landing at Kakawis is open again. Please check 'Island Hiking Drop Offs' on my web site for more details.
|Posted on July 10, 2013 at 12:52 PM||comments (563)|
Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations has just established a new trail-head at their village of Opitsat, however, at this time it is only open for hikers supervised by First Nations guides. I'll get you more information including a contact number for the guides as the situation develops. Return boat transport to and from the new closer landing has been reduced by $5 from the below prices. The old landing at Kakawis is no longer open; so at this time if you want to hike Lone Cone, you must do it with a guide.
Please note; the status of this guided hiking option is currently unknown. I will update this when I hear of any changes.
|Posted on June 25, 2013 at 2:31 PM||comments (119)|
BC Parks is strongly recommending that DOGS not be brought to the island. There was an attack recently in the Flores Island Prov. Park were a dog was killed.
|Posted on May 14, 2013 at 2:09 PM||comments (155)|
Someone wrote about their concerns with regard to soil erosion and root damage on the Big Tree Trail 3km. Loop; unfortunately I somehow deleted that comment. The person was advising not to hike beyond the boardwalk. I should add that First Nations has been maintaining and upgrading the trail including the loop with funds from your trail access fee and hopefully their efforts will minimize the damage.
Note to the concerned person who wrote the 'deleted comment': Please post it again and I will keep it on my Blog.
Dennis Kay owner/operator Clayoquot Connections tours
|Posted on May 7, 2013 at 5:36 PM||comments (142)|
Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations is relocating the Lone Cone Trail drop-off location closer to Tofino. That is expected to be ready by the Queen Victoria Day long weekend on May 18, when the new trail-head is open rates will be dropped be $5.