In 2019, Clayoquot Wilderness Resort announced the phasing out of its salmon fishing program. The reducing population of native chinook—under pressure from fishing, climate change, pollution, and industry—has serious consequences for the ecosystems that surround the resort.
But fish conservation is a long-standing engagement for Clayoquot Wilderness Resort. It operates long-running partnerships with Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans and its First Nation of Ahousaht neighbors to minimize and restore human-caused environmental damage in the Bedwell Sound. The resort has also worked with the Tofino Salmon Enhancement Society on substantial efforts to create new spawning channels and runs its own Environmental Legacy Program, which is privately funded by the resort and its guests, who pay a 3% eco-levy. As a sign of its commitment, Clayoquot Wilderness Resort has chosen to divert the proceeds of this funding almost entirely to preserving the precious native chinook.