Sailing the Salish Sea, what are you searching for?
The Salish Sea is a very important area for the environment. Not only for Canada, but beyond our borders and the planet as a whole. Our temperate seas sustain abundant life. They and are a ‘hope spot’ for biodiversity and potential to sustain a wide variety of goodness.
We're passionate about protecting this area. Working as a diver I get to see the ocean from a different perspective. There’s one thing you see right away when you start diving here. Everywhere we go, there are things that aren’t supposed to be down there.
Marine debris is an increasingly important issue facing the health of our oceans. Turns out, lost fishing gear is one of the most harmful. We’re working to discover how it’s directly affecting our coastline in BC, and what we need to do.
On Ella, we find escapism and have incredible experiences with animals and nature. But at the same time, we're researching the impacts of marine debris and planning new recovery projects. It feels right that she’s still working these seas in one way or another.
Photo: Nathaniel Atakora Martin
If you could relive one moment from time on Ella, what would it be?
So many, I feel like every moment on the boat is special and I still have to pinch myself sometimes. We feel lucky to have the opportunity to own such a cool boat and to share these experiences with as many friends and acquaintances as we can.
What music or song takes you back to the boat?
Ella always has a diverse soundtrack to any trip depending on the crew aboard. Folk, classics and sea shanties always bring me back to the helm whenever I’m away from the boat.
One song, in particular, takes me straight back to a day last summer. We had the awesome local band, Harlequin Gold, came onboard for a photo shoot and acoustic jam while we bobbed around in False Creek.
We hung out for a while, they played rad songs ('Without You Now' in particular) and jammed some covers. We headed back out into English bay for a swim to finish off the day. Good friends, good music and wild swimming… one of those days that stay with you.
Photo: Shayd Johnson
Where are you heading next?
Our next trip will likely be up to Jedediah Island near the mid coast of the Salish Sea, and to Cowichan Bay in the Summer. But who knows, a trip somewhere can be spurred on by a suggestion or interesting opportunity at any time…
Emerald Sea Protection Society
Photography: Nathaniel Atakora Martin
Photography: Shayd Johnson