Abandoned Boats Program

Removing abandoned and derelict vessels within traditional First Nation territories. In partnership with Transport Canada, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Canadian Coast Guard, the Province of British Columbia and local First Nations.

Key Statistics

100 of 10,000 vessels removed
3,500,000 Kg total debris
2,000,000 Kg of landfilled debris
950,000 Kg of debris recycled
550,000 kg of upcycled

Abandoned Aquaculture Site Removals

Project Partners

Transport Canada LogoAhousaht First NationTla-o-qui-aht First NationUcluelet First NationHesquiaht First NationHuu-ay-aht First NationMowachaht Muchalaht First Nation

Project Details

Derelict vessels have been identified as major contributors to point-source pollution in British Columbia’s marine environments. Hydrofluorocarbons, heavy metals, flame retardants, asbestos, and plastics are just some of many pollutants introduced through derelict vessel decomposition. The derelict vessel program is funded in part by the Province of British Columbia’s CCCW initiative, Canadian Coast Guard, and Transport Canada federal programs. The aim of CRS’ derelict vessel removal initiatives are to dismantle, and recycle or responsibly dispose of, abandoned and derelict vessels in the nearshore marine habitat along coastal British Columbia. 

To date, 100 derelict vessels have been removed from marine environments out of approximately 10,000 identified by Transport Canada in the Pacific region. This program employs host First Nation community members first and foremost, providing specialized training and job opportunities specific to marine structure removal. 

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