Abandoned aquaculture sites present risks to habitat, migratory corridors and a plethora of marine organisms; rigging and infrastructure pose risks of entanglement to marine mammals and plastics and chemicals taint food webs. Funded by the Province of BC and the Government of Canada, CRS has remediated nine aquaculture sites, and removed over 600 tonnes of aquaculture-related debris to date.
9 Abandoned Aquaculture Sites Removed
600 Tonnes of Debris Removed
CRS’ Derelict Vessel and Aquaculture Site Remediation programs both begin with fulsome initial site surveys to assess the scale of debris. A shore crew of Indigenous technicians and CRS staff then remove preliminary debris by hand. Once linear debris is removed by handpicking, heavy machinery is utilized to remove large debris and infrastructure, with a specialized dive team removing debris from the sea floor. Technical operations roles, such as divers and equipment operators, as well as contracts, are offered to Indigenous community members first, congruent with CRS’ Indigenous Peoples First Policy.