Incremental Progress

December 4, 2020 Comments (0) journal

Excerpt from a trip journal. Vancouver Island, January, 2008: “Conditions out in the main channel were challenging. Lots of spray and the wind coming directly at me made it hard to tell if I was even moving at all. Supposedly, the current was at my back, but the strong gusts that

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December 2, 2020

Gratitude Wednesday

To all who helped make the Ikkatsu Project’s Giving Tuesday a success, thank

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November 25, 2020

Everything’s Different but Nothing is New

Our first stories were adventure stories. Told around campfires, retold and

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In a Nutshell

Since the Ikkatsu Project came together in 2012, every year has been a little different. While we continue to build programs around single-use plastic and the effects that plastic has in the marine environment, there are other focus areas throughout the Salish Sea watershed that catch a significant portion of our efforts. This bioregional emphasis forms the basis for continuing programs, and you can expect our work to highlight the connections among the different ecosystems here in the heart of Cascadia.

Data collection and analysis, education and outreach are at the heart of what the Ikkatsu Project is all about. Beyond the science, however, are other perspectives that can help to make what we are doing and saying relevant and important to those who hear it. There's no doubt that this is an environmentally-focused organization, but we are always looking for new ways to tell the story of this place. The ongoing blog helps to bring some of these stories to light, and the regular expeditions and fieldwork often bring out the history and adventure that can be found here in this part of the Northwest.

The Ikkatsu Project is funded by donations. We only do one fundraising event each year (centered around Giving Tuesday), and there are no elaborate galas or black-tie events on our calendar, but that doesn't mean your ongoing support isn't needed and valued. What we can promise is the chance to see all of your contribution get put toward direct program expenses, from marine debris research and education to stream surveys to high country fieldwork. Thanks to all who have already contributed (and if you would like to be a part of it all, the "Donate" button is on the right side of this page. Any amount helps and the gratitude runs deep).


Here's the trailer for the film "Decision," the new Ikkatsu Project film that premiered on November 24th, 2020. (The film is appearing in several film festivals over the next few months but will be available online soon.) From one of the most remote locations in southeast Alaska comes a story of wilderness, kayaking and marine debris. Beautifully filmed and edited by Beau Gaughran, this film is both a celebration of wild spaces and a cautionary tale about how we are all connected. A collaborative effort... with thanks especially to Werner Paddles for their support.

Werner Paddles - Decision - Social Trailer from Beau Gaughran on Vimeo.