Thanks to enthusiastic student volunteers and Friends of the Station (above) and a beautiful calm day our second annual Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup in Deep Bay, was successful again. This time we removed 356 lbs of marine debris and litter from Deep Bay Harbour and Spit. While the amount of garbage we found over several kilometers was depressing it was much less than we got last year. Weirdest stuff this year, a shop vac and a big piece of carpet. We found a whole bathroom vanity floated ashore near the station that we will have to go back with the RV Chetlo and pick up at a high tide that will add to our total.
The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup is a joint conservation initiative of the Vancouver Aquarium and WWF, it is about removing shoreline litter to help create healthy waters for everyone, including the wildlife and communities that depend on them. It is a participant-driven event whereby volunteers, such as our group, register to coordinate shoreline cleanup events in their local community during the month of September. It is not too late to find more clean-ups in your area (or just go out and pick up trash anyways!
Tourists admiring a cleaner bay from the Deep Bay spit yesterday 🙂
The amount of garbage we pulled out yesterday was not encouraging. For some thoughts and stagger stats about the problem of garbage in general check out this graphic created by BusinessDegree.net below.