Jason Slade

“Water is the driving force of all nature.” – Leonardo da Vinci

Jason grew up in the Cowichan Valley, on Vancouver Island, but his real rootedness to the BC coast took hold when, at 19, he was offered a job ‘creek walking’ in on the Central Coast for the fisheries department. The connections he cultivated there with the land, water, and human communities have drawn him back year after year so that he feels quite at home anywhere between the Gulf Islands and Prince Rupert. He has fished commercially and in food fisheries for salmon, halibut, clams, seaweed, herring roe, and eulachon, among others. His seasonal round follows his work in ecotourism, the harvest, and cultural events. He has a strong interest in edible and medicinal plants, traditional skills, and hunting, and teaches workshops whenever he can at Rediscovery camps in indigenous communities up and down the coast.

He is a founding member of the Koksilah Music Festival, serves on the Koksilah Watershed society, and volunteers his time as an organizer and fundraiser for indigenous communities waging campaigns to protect their lands and waters around BC.

When he isn’t traveling on a fishing boat or ecotourism vessel, he gets around on the water on the 40-ft gaff-riffed wooden schooner Freyja, whom he and his co-owners have been slowly restoring. He enjoys customizing and improving systems on vessels and has a special affinity for old wooden boats and old diesel engines.

He currently holds both his 60 and 150-ton Master Certificates. He is excited to begin his first season with Outer Shores, having admired the Passing Cloud from afar for a few years and being drawn towards small-ship, low-impact eco-tourism.

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