In the Southern Strait of Georgia, there is a unique population of killer whales called the southern residents, but there are only 76 of them left. That’s why the federal government has come out with new rules around viewing and approaching Orcas. Michelle Young of the Georgia Strait Alliance will explain the new whale watching regulations. Her workshop will also explore many practical and easy ways to practice green boating. With about 700,000 recreational boaters plying BC waters, the marine environment can be impacted by many factors, especially when we congregate in marinas and anchorages. Learn practices that will help preserve the Strait, and protect southern resident killer whales and our local cruising waters for generations to come. Photo by Rachael Merrett
Michelle Young is a coastal person at heart, and has lived on four of BC’s beautiful islands. She has been boating since her childhood in the Broughton Archipelago, where she took four younger siblings to their one room elementary school in a little open aluminum, and worked at Echo Bay Resort in the summers to put herself through University. Her love of the ocean and boating have led to the perfect match as Georgia Strait Alliance’s Clean Marine BC green boating and marina eco-certification program coordinator. Michelle is now settled on Gabriola Island where she loves walking her dog along the shores of the Strait of Georgia.