Ocean Protection

Port Alberni’s deepsea port was a busy place on July 14, 2020, with recreational boaters vying for attention with a logging ship, fishing vessels large and small, tugboats and more. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Quinn: ‘Port’ Alberni lives up to its deepsea name

Port Alberni’s harbour is an engaging place to stop and watch the action on the water…

 

Crew members with the Western Canadian Marine Response Corporation (WCMRC) deploy a containment boom from one of their workboats during a fuel spill drill in Alberni Harbour on Oct. 15, 2020. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Port Alberni marine clean team learns the spill drill

Spill response members simulates fuel spill for practice in Alberni Harbour

 

Surfrider Pacific Rim’s Michelle Hall and Lilly Woodbury raise their marine debris buckets to eliminating single-use plastics and creating a thriving Canadian circular economy. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Canada’s plastic restrictions viewed a win for the West Coast

“This is a victory for the ongoing history of environmental activism on the West Coast.”

 

Inside a mission to scrub our wild beaches

“We’re going to run out of time and we’re definitely not going to run out of garbage.”

Tourism operators pivot from guiding to beach cleaning

Corona killed their tours, but created a great opportunity to do a shoreline clean

Heli-clean that North Vancouver Island beach

Volunteers got 17 cubic metres of ghost gear off a remote west coast beach last weekend

DFO defends Vancouver Island ‘ghost gear’ clean-up grants

Marine stewards want more enforcement of polluters in region

B.C. group renews call for protection of newly discovered glass sponge reefs

DFO says public consultation will play heavy role in future protection measures

Moonsnails’ collar-shaped egg casings not for beachcombers

As pictures of moonsnail collars go viral, Vancouver Island’s Marine Detective, steps in to educate

West coast marine spill response bases back online for Port Alberni, Ucluelet

Construction expected to begin later this month on West Coast’s primary response facility

Sinking ships on purpose: could artificial reefs revitalize marine life?

To preserve marine life eight ships and a plane have been deliberately sunk off the Island

Buttercup the octopus grabbing Island fans of World Oceans Week

Octopus education and more continues at at Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea in Sidney