VIU Students from Resource Management Officer Training Program and Fisheries and Aquaculture program pose with full truckload of garbage and debris recovered from the shores of Deep Bay Barbour after participating in Great Canadian Shoreline Clean-up. Also in photo F&A instructor Anne McCArthy (5th from left) and Michael Recalma local resident (far right). Approximately 2km of the harbour was cleaned and we still need to go back this week with the Chetlo on a rising tide and collect another big cache the crew made that was too big to pack out from along the south side of the harbour.
It was a a very successful day, but disappointing too with so much debris over such a small area. Although shellfish culture gear which is a significant issue made up a lot of the bigger items, there was lots of styrofoam from docks, rope, consumer plastic garbage, and miscellaneous crap like a computer keyboard, car battery, carpeting etc.. The students even lugged an old 70hp outboard out off the beach!
We had hoped to do a larger area but ran out of time after finding so much in the inner harbour. This year was a learning experience for us and I think next year we’ll be able to organize something bigger now that we know what we are up against with regards to logistics.
THANK_YOU’s: A special thanks for this enthusiastic group of students who gave a whole Saturday at the beginning of term to come out and clean up a beach none of them had ever seen before. Instructors Anne McCarthy (who also came out – yeah!), and Marilyn Funk who pitched the idea to their classes. We love the students in the Fish/Aqua and RMOT programs. Thanks also to big friends of the station, Sharon Waugh (Salish Sea Market) and Michael Recalma who came out to help. Thanks Dave, Jonathan and Chrissie, the Regional District of Nanaimo, Parks and Recreation department supplied gloves, garbage bags and waived tipping fees which is totally awesome! The gentleman who yelled at the students who were picking garbage on the PUBLIC shoreline below his house – thanks not, but hopefully someday you’ll get it.
And thanks to the Great Canadian Shoreline Clean-up and its sponsors; WWF, Vancouver Aquarium, Loblaws and others for organizing and publicizing this great project. See you next year. Love your shoreline!
Post-cap- did you know that it estimated that more than 6 million tons of trash enter the marine environment every year?! via Project Aware