Balancing Ecology and Economy in a Changing Climate.

Coastal Restoration Society is a non-profit organization supporting the environmental remediation goals of First Nations, provincial, and federal government agencies. Guided by foundational values CRS has become a leader in industrial-scale restoration and stewardship projects in coastal communities and inland waterways. Our projects model sustainable frameworks for the creation of a professional marine remediation and restoration economy. Throughout all projects, Coastal Restoration Society provides economic stimulus and supports capacity building in host First Nations communities through meaningful employment and contract opportunities.

In Indigenous, Coastal, & Interior Communities
Debris Removed
In Sensitive Intertidal &
Riparian Habitat
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Coastal Restoration Society (CRS) supports resource management and environmental stewardship goals of First Nations, Provincial, and Federal Governments. Our services include derelict vessel removals, ghost gear retrieval, marine-industrial project development and implementation, scientific monitoring and assessment, aquatic invasive species management and control, and climate change mitigation in marine environments.

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CRS’ projects take place in a broad range of challenging and dynamic marine environments and focus on creating long-term solutions to some of the largest threats to marine environments through scalable frameworks. Our track record of consistent results, Indigenous partnership and consultation, relationship development, diligent logistical planning and operational efficiency has cemented our reputation as leaders in industrial-scale environmental restoration.

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We believe that developing broad, long-term strategic partnerships are crucial to project success, and we remain committed to ensuring these strong alliances benefit all partners. Our partnerships engage local Indigenous communities and governance, Municipal, Provincial and Federal Governments and Government agencies, International Governments, NGOs, marine-related industries, and coastal communities. CRS remains committed to ensuring that our strong alliances work for the benefit of all partners.

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Pacific Coast Projects

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Latest Press

Debris removal crew
Article from Province of CTV, June 2022

'You name it, it's out there': 250 tonnes of flood debris pulled from B.C. rivers

Four broken bridges, 11 battered buildings and 72 vehicles. These are just some of the items among the debris pulled from B.C. rivers and waterways since the devastating floods last November.
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European Green Crab
Article from KUOW, February 2022

Think 85,000 invasive crabs is a lot? Wait 'til you see Vancouver Island

While 85,000 invasive green crabs—a record number—were captured near Bellingham last year, even more of the voracious crustaceans have turned up just across Washington’s watery border with Canada.
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Abandoned aquaculture site removal
Article from Times Colonist, January 2022

Ghost gear: Debris from fishing and oyster farms lurks underwater, endangering sea life

Abandoned oyster and other aquaculture farms of the west coast of Vancouver Island are death traps to salmon, herring, marine mammals and myriad sea life — and nobody really knows how many are out there.
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CRS Films

Our people have done this for millennia. They have always been stewards of the territory and now it's our turn to take that ball and start doing it for the future.
Byron Charlie of Ahousaht First Nation
Byron Charlie
MHSS Ahousaht, Project Partner
Cleaning derelict vessels
We fish these rivers, we pray in these rivers, we eat out of these rivers, we live in these river systems, and bringing us in to help clean those systems is vital. Bringing that economic activity to our members - who live here - is huge.
Chief Christine of Cook's Ferry Indian Band
Christine Minnabarriet
Cook’s Ferry Indian Band
Cleaning debris in the BC Interior
For the land to be well, we need to be out on the land. We need to bring health back, and in bringing health back to the land, we bring health back to ourselves as a people.
Lenora Starr of Shackan Indian Band
Lenora Starr
Community Wellness and Social Development, Shackan Indian Band
Field workers cleaning debris