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Portage Inlet Sanctuary Colquitz Estuary Society

The Birds
Under the water

  • Under the water in Portage Inlet are 70 hectares of eelgrass, a plant of huge importance to fish and other marine creatures.   

  • Hundreds of salmon spawn in Colquitz and Craigflower Creeks.

  • Portage Inlet is thought to contain one of the largest populations of Native Olympia Oysters on the Pacific West Coast. 

Portage Inlet

Our PISCES Society

The Portage Inlet Sanctuary Colquitz Estuary (PISCES) Society is a non-profit conservation organization that was formed in 1999 to preserve and steward environment and community issues affecting Portage Inlet, Colquitz River Estuary and the Upper Gorge Waterway in Victoria Canada.

PISCES mission is to enhance the quality of life for future generations by protecting the natural sanctuary environment for the diverse waterfowl, shoreline birds and fish marine species living in the Inlet and adjoining waterways.

Our Society supports passive and quiet public use of Portage Inlet (a Federal Migratory Bird Sanctuary) and the Gorge Waterway.  PISCES participates in all the major Victoria waterway action groups including the Gorge Waterway Initiative (GWI), Friends of Cuthbert Holmes Park, and support the Colquitz Salmon enhancement initiatives. PISCES members contribute to conservation and safety programs in the local community and surrounding municipalities.  

A volunteer Board of Directors is elected at the annual meeting to represent the Society membership regarding local community issues with respective local agencies and governments. 

Becoming a Member

Membership in the Society is open to Saanich local area residents of Portage Inlet and Colquitz River Estuary. Applicants accept our mission statement goal of enhancing the quality of life for all area residents with efforts for conservation and protection of the natural habitat environments benefiting birds, wildlife and fish marine species.

Please read our Member Invitation and Apply for your Membership  piscesbc1999@gmail.com   We will be in contact shortly.

Volunteers are always welcome, and especially non members!

Making Donations

PISCES is funded by member donations.

Donations are welcome and all contributions are very much appreciated.

There is always a need for extra funds for special conservation projects by our group.... currently for signage to reduce disturbances of shoreline nesting birds and eel grass by motor boats and canoes in sensitive habitat areas.

If kindly considering a bequest to our Society, thank you and please contact our Society through the President's office (250 479-1877)

Executive Directors


Vicki Blogg                          250 479-1877

Vice President:

David Farmer                       250 727-2808



Eli  James               

Andrzej Nowak

Newsletters & Links


Please visit our Newsletters Section and read the latest edition of the PISCES JOURNAL plus topical information including important Community links.  Archive editions are available.

PISCES Mission Vision

Mission Vision Advocacy Participation Education

          The preservation of Portage Inlet as a Federal Bird Sanctuary and safe marine habitat.

          The protection of Portage Inlet, Colquitz Estuary, the Gorge waterway, Cuthbert Holmes Park from ecological harm.

          To foster and promote reclamation and stewardship protection of parkland in Portage Inlet, Colquitz River and along the Gorge Waterway.

          To endeavor to improve the planning standards of residential and commercial development with infrastructure improvements focused on user safety and environmental protection.

          To provide educational information to the community and communicate awareness of the importance to this unique Pacific coastal area and its precious marine and wildfowl habitat.

          PISCES supports the passive recreational use of Portage Inlet and the Upper Gorge Waterway, no activity in Colquitz Estuary, and the preservation of natural areas, parks and green spaces for the future.