24-July-2019: Freighters bound for US destinations anchor at Salt Spring Island.
Large seagoing vessels bound for the United States have discovered a loop hole in the inefficiencies at Port Vancouver. They are now using free parking in Canadian waters for maintenance and other tasks.
The heavy load carrier 'Combi Dock I' had anchored just off Ganges Harbour and angered many residents with excessive noise of testing their cranes and equipment in the first half of July. The vessel was now spotted at Anacortes, WA.
These developments raise serious concerns. Inefficiencies at Port Vancouver and delays in loading grain are not the whole story with the expansion of industrial anchorages into the Gulf Islands.
Please see our page on Port Call Optimization. The Port of Vancouver wants to be the world's greenest port. There are solutions - but tolerating inefficiencies and sending industrial vessels and their pollution to the protected Gulf Islands is not one of them.
10-June-2019: Parks Canada's public consultation on National Conservation Marine Areas, regarding their proposed changes to the policy and new regulations.
Most likely, all of Salt Spring Island's surrounding waters will be Zone 4 (Multiple Use).
While the package with pretty pictures and soothing words looks very attractive, the facts are sobering.
Parks Canada is planning to allow the industrialization of this zone. Except for a no to drilling for oil and gas, there would be little or no protection.
The following will still be allowed: Freighter & Tanker Anchorages, giant Windmills and other Power Plants, Industrialized Aquaculture on shorelines, Commercial and Industrial Fishing with contact to the ocean floor, and more.
Please read our assessment and consider sending a letter to Parks Canada and other officials that industrialization is not compatible with a Marine Conservation Area for our islands.
03-May-2019: DFO Consultation on their recovery strategy for the Southern Resident Orca Population:
Members of our group submitted that the noise from anchoring vessels has so far been ignored. Although of less intensity than the noise from moving ships, this constant chronic noise is likely to contribute to stress and reduced health.
Anchorages in Captain's Passage (Salt Spring Island) and Plumper Sound (Mayne/Pender/Saturna) are in or at the edge of the mapped 'critical habitat' for Orcas, and therefore these anchorages should be eliminated.
If you would like to become involved, feel free to get in touch.