Funding is always a challenge for any not for profit organization. Our culture values things via capital but it can be difficult raise funds for things that society values, that have benefits which are difficult to see immediate returns from. ESPS works with a near invisible problem of lost fishing gear - though the visible consequences are there it's a challenge to connect the outcomes to the cause in many people's minds.
Since we began the organization we've been committed to exploring different fun raising approaches - today we are announcing the first steps towards a separate organization, Salish Sea Adventures: an eco tourism company operating around the Vancouver area. The company has been founded, and we recently purchased the very beautiful Ella McKenzie - a 1951 restored tug boat. We couldn't be happier with the vessel, which we hope we can configure for small marine tours by spring 2017 - work has begun!
A percentage of all funds raised via this for-profit company will go to funding ESPS and allow us to do the good work of net recovery while those that are paying for the services of Salish Sea Adventures will benefit very directly from the opportunity to swim, paddle-board, hike and explore islands channels and the beautiful coastal areas that British Columbia has to offer. Watch this space!