After watching an Red Bull TV episode “Who Is JOB?”, a Tofino Fishing Operations Manager is wants an investigation over alleged illegal environmental acts
On the Red Bull TV series “who is JOB?” the show follows the adventures of champion pro surfer Jamie O’Brien and his crew of friends. The group came to Vancouver Island for some surfing, water skiing, and cliff diving near Tofino. When the episode was posted on social media, one local fishing operations manager knew exactly where they were.
“You can plainly see it’s Kennedy Lake,” says Josh Temple.
“The Highway’s right in the background, the boat launch is right there, I know exactly where this happened.”
“They’re ripping jet skis up and down the upper Kennedy River.”
Temple was enjoying the video until he got five and a half minutes in.
“Then I saw them light the log in the water on fire with the gas, and of course eat the dead fish right after that and was like, that’s what caused me to take action.”
Temple reported the video to the Report All Poachers and Polluters line Saturday, appalled what the American visitors were doing in an area where efforts to get fish levels back to historical levels is ongoing.
“To see something like that happen, especially being promoted by such a huge company as Red Bull, with all of their hundreds of thousands plus followers, it’s like a slap in the face to our community and our local wildlife.
Although Kennedy Lake is not in the District of Tofino, Tofino Mayor Josie Osbourne says the District nor Tourism Tofino knew about the making of this video and would never sanction any media activities that are clearly damaging to the environment.
Meanwhile the Conservation Officer Service says a complaint was submitted via the R-A-P-P line that will be considered whether it warrants investigation by the C-O-S.
“I would hope that Jamie O’Brien and Red Bull would cooperate fully with that investigation and make every effort possible to make restitution or whatever they have to do to correct this obviously horrible act.
Red Bull, meanwhile, did not respond to our request for a comment.