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Clayoquot Cleanup

Clayoquot Sound plays host to an ecologically rich ecosystem that is suffering from the impact of marine debris. Home to First Nations communities (Hesquiaht First Nation, Ahousaht First Nation, Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation) the District of Tofino, British Columbia, a plethora of visitors, part time residents and colorful characters, the biodiversity of its landscape is mirrored closely by the diversity of its human inhabitants. D

Due to the location of Clayoquot Sound on Vancouver Island, its coast and waterways act as a debris aggregator from both national and international sources. Marine debris ranges from Japanese longlines and commercial crab-traps to plastic debris from various international and domestic sources such commercial fishing, aquaculture and shipping. As a result, cetaceans and other marine mammals combat entanglement as a way of life on virtually all fronts - cetaceans perish in lost fishing gear, birds choke on plastics mistaken for food - and the ecosystem integrity as a whole declines. To date, marine debris removal projects have not focused on these remote areas and it is pertinent to address these issues to ensure healthy ecosystems and communities for the future. 

This is where Clayoquot CleanUp can make a difference, by implementing a marine debris removal program to properly maintain that rich balance of biology and economy in Clayoquot Sound. The first phase will be privately funded through the community and donations. 

DONATE NOW: If you would like to help, you can donate to the project via its GoFundMe page

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