Marine Debris Removal Initiative
We are incredibly proud to be part of the Marine Debris Removal Initiative (MDRI) currently underway on the BC coast. This initiative is a collaboration of our small group, the Small Ship Tour Operators Association (SSTOA), with the Wilderness Tourism Association, and the Commercial Bear Viewing Association of BC in response to COVID-19 bringing a complete halt to adventure tourism this year.
This incredible project is funded by the Government of British Columbia and the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy as part of the province’s COVID-19 stimulus, alongside the Clean Coast, Clean Waters Fund. This fund is helping the SSTOA, Coastal First Nations, and local communities on the BC coast, to not only survive through this global pandemic but also bring awareness to the global problem of marine pollution. By mobilizing our idle ships and crew we aim to help rid our local ocean environment of the devastatingly enormous amounts of marine debris.
Thank you so much to all of our colleagues, collaborators, and crew, on-board and on-shore behind the scenes, for the incredible #BCCoastalCleanup – excellent work everyone!
Stay tuned as the details from this project continue to unfold.