CRS Services

Derelict Vessel Removal
Ghost Gear Retrieval
Invasive Species Mitigation
Shoreline Cleanup
Research and Monitoring

Derelict Vessel Removal

The aim of CRS’ derelict vessel removal initiatives is to dismantle, recycle or responsibly dispose of abandoned and derelict vessels in the nearshore marine environment along coastal British Columbia. With the support of shore crews, dive teams, and industrial equipment, our team can remove vessels of any size. Our partnerships with the Government of British Columbia and Transport Canada have enabled us to remove hundreds of vessels across the province.

The aim of CRS’ derelict vessel removal initiatives is to dismantle, recycle or responsibly dispose of abandoned and derelict vessels in the nearshore marine environment along coastal British Columbia. With the support of shore crews, dive teams, and industrial equipment, our team can remove vessels of any size. Our partnerships with the Government of British Columbia and Transport Canada have enabled us to remove hundreds of vessels across the province.

Ghost Gear Retrieval

‘Ghost Gear’ is any discarded, lost, or abandoned fishing gear left in marine environments, which has the potential to trap, entangle, and kill marine life. As part of the global ghost gear response, CRS has partnered with Fisheries and Oceans Canada to pilot new debris-detection technology and mapping tools which provide a comprehensive survey of, and proximal locations for, abandoned aquaculture and ghost gear.

‘Ghost Gear’ is any discarded, lost, or abandoned fishing gear left in marine environments, which has the potential to trap, entangle, and kill marine life. As part of the global ghost gear response, CRS has partnered with Fisheries and Oceans Canada to pilot new debris-detection technology and mapping tools which provide a comprehensive survey of, and proximal locations for, abandoned aquaculture and ghost gear.

Aquatic Invasive Species Monitoring & Mitigation

Understanding population dynamics and their relationship to ecosystem health is integral to making marine-based decisions. For example, marine and aquatic invasive species have the potential to severely deplete local populations, causing grave trophic and environmental repercussions and depleting marine resources. CRS is committed to improving collective understanding of invasive species in B.C. through invasive species monitoring and control projects. Our work not only mitigates the impacts of invasive
species but provides vital information for researchers and government agencies. We have launched a first-of-its-kind initiative to test and research the effects of industrial trapping of invasive European Green Crab. Our team, in partnership with Fisheries and Oceans Canada and host First Nations, has developed scalable systems for addressing the European Green Crab crisis.

Understanding population dynamics and their relationship to ecosystem health is integral to making marine-based decisions. For example, marine and aquatic invasive species have the potential to severely deplete local populations, causing grave trophic and environmental repercussions and depleting marine resources. CRS is committed to improving collective understanding of invasive species in B.C. through invasive species monitoring and control projects. Our work not only mitigates the impacts of invasive species but provides vital information for researchers and government agencies. We have launched a first-of-its-kind initiative to test and research the effects of industrial trapping of invasive European Green Crab. Our team, in partnership with Fisheries and Oceans Canada and host First Nations, has developed scalable systems for addressing the European Green Crab crisis.

Shoreline Cleanup

Nearshore ecosystems are essential to BC’s biodiversity, the sustainability of many of BC’s marine-based industries, and keystone species including herring, shellfish and wild salmon. Pollution from derelict vessels and anthropogenic debris directly related to marine-based industries (like fishing and aquaculture) is one of the greatest threats to the health of these habitats. CRS has organized some of the world's largest shoreline cleanups in remote corners of Vancouver Island. Working closely with the Province of British
Columbia and our First Nations partners, CRS identified regions of high priority for food security and biodiversity, then co-developed large-scale restoration and debris removal initiatives.

Nearshore ecosystems are essential to BC’s biodiversity, the sustainability of many of BC’s marine-based industries, and keystone species including herring, shellfish and wild salmon. Pollution from derelict vessels and anthropogenic debris directly related to marine-based industries (like fishing and aquaculture) is one of the greatest threats to the health of these habitats. CRS has organized some of the world's largest shoreline cleanups in remote corners of Vancouver Island. Working closely with the Province of British Columbia and our First Nations partners, CRS identified regions of high priority for food security and biodiversity, then co-developed large-scale restoration and debris removal initiatives.

Environmental Research & Monitoring

CRS is committed to improving collective understanding of marine environments. Our team of scientists and marine experts have the capacity and experience to perform a variety of large-scale marine studies. In partnership with Fisheries and Oceans Canada Science, we have produced significant findings resulting in effective targeted programs. We are uniquely positioned to engage in on-the-ground research projects in respectful and ethical ways.

CRS is committed to improving collective understanding of marine environments. Our team of scientists and marine experts have the capacity and experience to perform a variety of large-scale marine studies. In partnership with Fisheries and Oceans Canada Science, we have produced significant findings resulting in effective targeted programs. We are uniquely positioned to engage in on-the-ground research projects in respectful and ethical ways.