Broken Group Island Clean-up – what a haul!
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The Pacific Ocean brings many things to the west coast shores—storms, waves and marine debris. Marine debris such as plastic water bottles, polystyrene foam, and fish floats often wash ashore the beaches of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. All three units, Long Beach, the Broken Group Islands and the West Coast Trail have lengthy shorelines for marine debris to wash up on.
While finding marine debris is a common occurrence in the park, the tsunami that swept the coast of Japan in the 2011 earthquake, forced more debris into the ocean. It is estimated that 1.5 million tonnes of it may reach west coast shores.
Parks Canada is currently working closely with various federal and provincial bodies on a plan for handling the tsunami debris. In the meantime, the park continues to host regular beach clean-ups to help Mother Nature! Please contact the park for details.
Did you know?
Commonly Found Marine Debris
Plastic water bottles, polystyrene foam, rubber strap ties, shoes, plastic rope bits, fish nets, large plastic containers and floats, are some of the most commonly found marine debris on our shores.
Effects on Marine Wildlife
Small pieces of plastic and polystyrene break into small pieces and can be ingested by wildlife such as fish, turtles, and birds. Harmful to wildlife, these substances can eventually enter our food chain. Abandoned fish nets can entangle both wildlife and people.
You can help!
- Bring a bag along on your beach walks and pick up debris as you go. Drop off what you have collected at designated collection sites. Look for the “Marine Debris Collection Area” signs located at most trailheads.
- Rally your friends and family and join a park organized beach clean-up.
- Host your own clean-up. Contact the park with your details.
- Remember the four “Rs”: Reduce, Recycle, Re-use, and Recover.