Georgia Strait Alliance conducts first marine spill training in Victoria Harbour

Through its eco-certification program: Clean Marine BC

Georgia Strait Alliance, a BC-based marine conservation organization, facilitated a spill response training session this week in Victoria Harbour to assist participating marinas with their planning, preparation and responses to small-scale marine oil spills should one occur at their docks. This represents the first time the organization has brought its spill training program to Victoria. “When marinas and wharfs are…

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Eleven BC marinas prepare for marine oil spill

Georgia Strait Alliance organizes mock spill training in Vancouver Harbour

Eleven marinas—all members of Georgia Strait Alliance’s Clean Marine BC program—participated in a theoretical and practical marine oil spill response training session yesterday at False Creek Fishermen’s Wharf in Vancouver. Participating marinas refreshed their knowledge and honed their planning and preparation skills to be able to effectively deal with and respond to a small-scale marine oil spill, which involved a…

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The removal of Viki Lyne II from Ladysmith Harbour gets underway

Georgia Strait Alliance underscores need for comprehensive, timely approach to abandoned and derelict vessels

The abandoned and decaying Viki Lyne II is finally being towed away for safe dismantling after sitting in Ladysmith Harbour since 2012. Vancouver, BC—The abandoned and decaying Viki Lyne II is currently being removed from Ladysmith Harbour as part of the execution of a contract tendered by Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and it will be dismantled…

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Strategy to address abandoned, derelict and wrecked vessels

GSA view on tackling abandoned vessel problem

Transport Canada, Environmental Policy Place de Ville, Tower C – 26th Floor 330 Sparks Street Ottawa, ON K1A 0N5 VIA EMAIL Eric Huberdeau, Manager and Policy Adviser Nicole Legault, Director, Sustainable Transportation System Policy Dear Mr. Huberdeau and Ms. Legualt: Re: Strategy to address abandoned, derelict and wrecked vessels Let me take this opportunity to commend Transport Canada for taking…

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Royal Victoria Yacht Club achieves four-anchor rating in Clean Marine BC Program

The eco-certification requires adherence to rigid environmental standards

Royal Victoria Yacht Club’s (RVYC) Cadboro Bay marina has earned a four-anchor certification in Georgia Strait Alliance’s award-winning Clean Marine BC program for its commitment to environmentally sustainable operations. A flag raising ceremony is being held at the Club at noon on August 19. Clean Marine BC is a voluntary eco-certification program that demonstrates a commitment to environmental best practices…

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Addressing pleasure craft pollution in the 2017 Budget

The Honourable Wayne Easter, P.C., M.P. Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance Via email: finapbc-cpb@parl.gc.ca Dear Mr. Easter: Re: Addressing pleasure craft pollution in the 2017 Budget Our interest in the federal budget consultations is in regards to protecting the Georgia Strait’s marine and shoreline environments, and the species, communities and economies that depend on them,…

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Saltspring Island Sailing Club is first in the Southern Gulf Islands

The audited eco-certification requires adherence to rigid environmental standards

Saltspring Island Sailing Club (SISC) has become certified by Georgia Strait Alliance’s award-winning Clean Marine BC program, making it the first boating facility in the Southern Gulf Islands to be recognized for its commitment to environmentally sustainable operations. A flag raising ceremony will be held at the club on May 1. Eric van Soeren – photo…

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Greater Victoria Harbour Authority achieves Clean Marine BC four-anchor rating

The Greater Victoria Harbour Authority has achieved a four-anchor rating from Clean Marine BC for its marinas, increasing their eco-rating certification since the 2012 audit. The Fisherman’s Wharf, Lower Causeway & Ship Point, Wharf Street and Johnson Street, and Mermaid’s Wharf marinas were awarded an overall score of 88.7% for their programs and initiatives that reduce environmental impacts such as…

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White Rock Harbour Board receives three-year recertification

Eco-certification presented at city council meeting

Georgia Strait Alliance presented the White Rock Harbour Board with its three-year recertification in the Clean Marine BC program on November 23 at the city council meeting. The White Rock Harbour Board holds a three-anchor rating, having achieved its original voluntary eco-certification in 2011. The program, which has regional counterparts in Ontario and Quebec, uses an independent audit to confirm…

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West Vancouver Yacht Club achieves four-anchor eco-rating in Clean Marine BC program

The audited eco-certification requires adherence to rigid environmental standards

Georgia Strait Alliance’s award-winning Clean Marine BC program welcomes a new certified marina: West Vancouver Yacht Club’s Fisherman’s Cove facility (WVYC) has achieved a four-anchor rating, which was presented at a private function last night. Clean Marine BC is a voluntary eco-certification program that demonstrates a commitment to environmental best practices by marinas, harbour authorities, boatyards and yacht clubs that…

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