Denman Island’s Annual Beach Clean-Up 2016
The 12th Annual Denman Island Beach Clean-Up sponsored by Association for Denman Island Marine Stewards (ADIMS) was held the week of Sept 24 to Oct 1, 2016. This annual event is registered as part of the Great Canadian Shoreline Clean-up sponsored by the Vancouver Aquarium. Teams and individual island residents took to the beaches with the common goal to clean up the entire island shoreline. Volunteers hauled their collected beach debris to the Denman Island Recycling Centre where more volunteers sorted and recycled as much as possible before loading trucks and trailers for removal.
For the past 12 years, two to four tons of debris has been collected annually from Denman shorelines. Sadly, this year was no exception with perhaps even more volume than in past years. Ninety percent of the garbage collected continues to be plastic debris from the shellfish industry. Some of this debris is reusable shellfish industry equipment so industry is always notified and welcomed to collect any items.
ADIMS would like to extend sincere appreciation to the volunteers (over ninety) who participated in the event. Thank you for your dedication to removing plastic and debris to protect our precious marine environment! Special thanks to the small boat teams for providing access to the remote shoreline areas (Helen and Peter Mason, Ram Sudama, Satya Bellerose, Stewart Green, Noel Villard, Chris Page). Special thanks to Shaun White for donation of trucking, hauling and dumping with his large flat deck trailer. Special appreciation also goes to the fleet of small trucks and trailers donated by Rick & Anne Paisley, Graeme Johnson, John Johnston, Hollie Wood Oysters, Dave Lang, and Fanny Bay Oysters. ADIMS would also like to express appreciation to the Old School for the use of their site every year. Thanks also to BC Shellfish Growers Industry and Alex Munro for their assistance with the clean-up at Tree Island.
Our community was very fortunate to also have a team of students assisting with the Beach Clean-up this year. For the past two years ADIMS has hosted BCIT undergraduate students from the Ecological Restoration (ER) program. Some of these undergraduate students and several students from across Canada are part of the first cohort pursuing a master’s degree in ER, which is jointly delivered by BCIT and Simon Fraser University. The ER students visited Denman Island Sept 30 – Oct 2 and after helping with the annual beach clean-up, they explored the island for the purpose of developing potential ecological restoration plans. The students presented their ideas to the Denman Island community at Elkhaven Camp on Sunday, Oct 2nd. We would like to thank BCIT’s Dr. Ken Ashley and SFU’s Dr. Leah Bendell for bringing these students to Denman Island and for their community involvement.
Notice: ADIMS AGM will be held November 17, 2016, 7.00 pm at the Seniors Activity Centre Lounge.