To improve fish habitat, volunteers will clear garbage from Pandora Slough and adjoining waterways in Zeballos. Photo courtesy, Justin Janisse.

Volunteers to help clean waterways and improve fish habitat in Zeballos

The clean-up is organized by the village of Zeballos and Nootka Sound Watershed Society

A group of 24 volunteers will head out to clean different tidal areas in Zeballos on Monday, Aug.24.

The clean-up, spearheaded by Nootka Sound Watershed Society, the Zeballos council and Ehattesaht First Nation, is a much awaited community initiative to clear up debris from the waterways in the village.

“The aim is to remove garbage from the water and improve fish habitats ,” said Zeballos councillor Justin Janisse.

“Over the years people have littered our waterways with unwanted things such as metal, bicycles and plastic items that have been deposited along estuaries. We orchestrated a plan to get people together and clear these items from our environment,” said Janisse.

A collaborative effort, expertise will be provided by NSWS and Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO).

Volunteers will assemble at the community hall at 9 a.m. on Monday before heading to Pandora Slough, a salmon habitat in need of cleaning.

Other tidal areas in the village will also be cleaned said Janisse and added that volunteers will segregate into small groups and concentrate on cleaning particular areas of the water ways.

“It’s great to see the neighbours come together and try to make the place we live in a better place,” said Janisse and added that local businesses such as Greig’s seafood and Strategic National Resource consultant also came forward to support the cause.

Local fishing lodge, Reel Obsession will be providing lunch for the volunteers. Similarly, personal protective equipment (PPE) will also be provided to the volunteers to ensure their safety.

Janisse said that the village might try to make these cost-efficient clean-up activities an annual event for community members to participate in.

READ ALSO: Six northwestern Vancouver Island rivers undergoing fish habitat restoration


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Willie Mitchell’s Fish for the Future catch-and-release derby nets $60,000 for wild salmon

“I liked releasing the fish because I know there are not that many salmon left.”

North Island All Candidates Meeting scheduled virtually for Oct. 14

‘our local candidates for the B.C. Provincial Election will be joining us’

Abandoned Neucel mill in Port Alice to cost at least $17 million to decommission

Removing hazardous waste and de-risking the site ratchet up bill to taxpayers

Growing food sovereignty at Klemtu

Greenhouse and grow boxes help create circular food economy for Kitasoo/Xai’xais First Nations

B.C. salmon farms challenge activists’ demands for site closures

News reporting also unfair, inaccurate and distorted

B.C. starts October with 82 more positive COVID-19 tests

10,899 tests a record for a single day, Bonnie Henry says

Missing mushroom picker in northern B.C. found dead

Witset elder found deceased in Price Creek area more than two weeks after he vanished

BC Greens focus on long-term care reform in first platform promise

Greens have promised to move away from the for-profit care home model

‘It’s a nightmare’: Northern B.C. family desperate after living in hotel for a year

Renae Podgorney says because of a lack of rentals, she’s now applying to rent a one-bedroom unit

Costs climb to more than $100K for BC SPCA to care for animals in B.C. farm seizure

Eight puppies, of the 97 animals seized have now died from parvovirus enteritis

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

B.C. VOTES 2020: Wilkinson to stop 24-hour camping in city parks

Ban on ‘unsafe roadside panhandling’ to be enforced

Be prepared and drive safely, say BC RCMP as winter draws closer

Police provide list of ways to stay safe while driving in winter conditions

Lessons from a pandemic: How to design a nursing home that’s safe and love-filled

A look at how one care home is battling the pandemic with the social needs of the elderly in their care

Most Read