All can have a hand in reducing litter

Family visit to site near Raft Cove Provincial Park spawns litter clean-up

Dear editor:

On the weekend our family visited the Cape Palmerston Rec site near Raft Cove Provincial Park, also known as 3-Minute Beach.

There was lots of garbage washed ashore, in particular large Styrofoam floats and chunks, also pieces of rope, net and many plastic bottles.

There was more than we’ve seen before and I suspect this is the just the start of what we can expect for years to come as the debris from the Japanese tsunami comes ashore.

We collected a large bag of the smaller pieces, but didn’t have room for all the large floats.

So we gathered them into several piles above the tide line at the edge of the woods where at least they will not continue to break up into smaller and smaller bits which marine birds and animals might mistake as food.

We’ll bring a truck with us next time and remove what we can each visit.

I urge everyone who visits our lovely West Coast beaches to go prepared with a couple of heavy-duty garbage bags.

I expect that the next decade will see an overwhelming amount of debris washed up on these beaches, and it will take effort from everyone to deal with it.

Also I trust that the community spirit that our town showed for the Big Decision community event will again be demonstrated at Sunday’s Pitch-In Event.

Heather Jones

Port Hardy

 

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

Comments are closed

Just Posted

North Island Elementary students published in short story collection

Five Fort Rupert Elementary students are now bonafide authors

MP asks Minister of Transport for review of safe crew levels on new ferries

The new ferries were approved to run with smaller crew sizes, raising safety concerns

$8,179,919 in grant funding announced for North Island communities

This local funding is part of over $228 million in grants going to B.C. communities.

Port Hardy earns Bear Smart certification

Community committed to living safely alongside bears

Funding police would be ‘most expensive single budget item we would have’ says Port Hardy councillor

‘we’re not panicking — I can’t see our population numbers jumping up that high that quick’

VIDEO: Musqueam Chief captures captivating footage of bald eagle catching meal

‘This is why we have chosen to live here since time immemorial,’ Chief Wayne Sparrow’s nephew says

Police ramp up efforts to get impaired drivers off B.C. roads this summer

July is dedicated to the Summer CounterAttack Impaired Driving Campaign

Migrant workers stage multi-city action for full status amid COVID-19 risks

‘COVID-19 has exacerbated an existing crisis’

Okanagan school drops ‘Rebels’ sports team name, citing links with U.S. Civil War

Name and formerly-used images “fly in the face” of the district’s human rights policy, says board chair

PHOTOS: B.C.’s top doc picks up personalized Fluevog shoes, tours mural exhibition

Murals of Gratitude exhibit includes at least one portrait of Henry alongside paintings of health-care workers

In troubled times: Independence Day in a land of confusion

Buffeted by invisible forces and just plain worn out, the United States of America celebrates its 244th birthday

Stop enforcing sex work laws during COVID-19, advocates say

There are provisions in Canada’s prostitution laws that make workers immune from prosecution, but not from arrest

Liberal party finished 2019 having spent $43 million, raised $42 million

All political parties had until midnight June 30 to submit their financial reports for last year

B.C. teacher loses licence after sexual relationships with two recently-graduated students

The teacher won’t be allowed to apply for a teaching certificate until 2035

Most Read