BC’s Southern Gulf Islands face a serious environmental threat. A major gap in government regulation and oversight is allowing giant international cargo ships to anchor as long as they want in the waters surrounding the protected Southern Gulf Islands including Cowichan Bay.
Negative Impacts include:
* Anchor chains scouring the ocean floor, destroying marine habitat
* Diesel generators run 24/7 causing air, noise and light pollution
* Acoustic Interference and collision risk to Resident Killer Whales
* Risk of grounding or collisions causing catastrophic fuel spills
But it doesn’t have to be this way.
Local First Nations and coastal community groups are demanding Transport Canada put an end to this harmful spillover of commercial activity from the Port of Vancouver.
A new 3 minute video explains the problem. Act now to help save the pristine waters around Salt Spring Island.
Salt Spring's group Protect The Islands Sea has joined forces and become a member of the 'South Coast Ship Watch Alliance', a coalition of community groups in the Southern Gulf Islands and adjacent Vancouver Island opposing anchorages for large sea-going vessels.
Join other Salt Spring Islanders supporting the coalition's ongoing campaign. Over 800 letters have already been sent to the three ministers in charge of the problem. Our goal is to reach 1000 letters before the elections - an important time for government to listen. It only takes a couple of minutes at the website to send the letter. If you have more time, you can customize the letter.
Please alert 1-3 people in other parts of BC and Canada who care about the Gulf Islands to join sending a letter. Widening the campaign to get support from elsewhere is an important indicator for the government that this problem cannot be contained and hidden from public opinion.
The letters can be sent by by visiting protect-the-islands-sea.org