From cigarette butts to six-pack holders, a startling amount of harmful litter washes up on British Columbia’s shores every year. Beginning in 2012, the Airport Authority will do its part to protect our waterways as the Provincial Sponsor of the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup.
The event began in 1994 with a cleanup of one of Stanley Park’s beaches, spearheaded by the Vancouver Aquarium. Nineteen years later, the cleanup is recognized as one of the largest direct-action conservation programs in Canada, with sizable involvement in B.C. In 2011, 56,000 volunteers collected 66,127 kilograms of litter from 1,128 kilometres of provincial coastline.
While traditionally kicked off at Kitsilano Beach, the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup will take its volunteer litter removal efforts on the road this year and host the launch event at Sea Island’s own Iona Beach Regional Park on Saturday, September 15, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Part of Sea Island’s diverse and environmentally sensitive ecosystem, Iona Beach marks the spot where the Fraser River reaches the Strait of Georgia. Migratory birds use the area as a feeding and stopover point along the Pacific Flyway, while the Strait is home to a unique, year-round population of approximately 85 Killer Whales (Orca) known as the South Resident Killer Whales (SRKW) – both important reasons to support the shoreline cleanup close to home.
For more information on the Iona Beach cleanup kick-off and other shoreline cleanup sites, visit the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup website.