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Tue Feb 28, 2017, 10:09 AM

Our Oceans Are Garbage

Scientists predict there could be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050.

When you're driving down the West Coast Highway on Vancouver Island, it's hard not to be in awe of the surrounding natural beauty. The 60-mile stretch of highway that runs from Victoria to Port Renfrew is flanked by the sprawling Pacific Ocean on one side and lush rainforest on the other. Scattered between the trees and ocean are a plethora of beaches where people hike, surf, swim, and camp. It's a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts.

But beneath the pristine wilderness there's a global epidemic slowly infiltrating Canada's oceans and beaches: garbage.

On a typical wet-winter coastal afternoon, I drove out to Sombrio Beach, located approximately 12 miles south of Port Renfrew, a community on the west coast of Vancouver Island, to see firsthand the impact garbage is having on the ocean and beaches. I spent the afternoon with an international group called the Surfrider Foundation, which has a mandate that reads: "Dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world's oceans, waves, and beaches through a powerful activist network."

Surfrider started as a small grassroots movement in California during the 1980s and now boasts more than 50,000 members with roughly 80 chapters around the globe, including three in Canada. Every month, the Vancouver Island Chapter has a beach cleanup, where volunteers put on work gloves, rubber boots, and pick up garbage.


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Tue Feb 28, 2017, 09:08 PM

1. more to come

Studies show that by 2050 there will more plastic (by weight) in the oceans than fish! (WAPO: Jan 20, 2016)

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