Combing the Coast Mission:
The protection and enjoyment of Vancouver Island waves and beaches through strong beach cleanup, waste analysis and data collection action
For over five years, the Vancouver Island Chapter of Surfrider Foundation has been holding monthly beach cleanups at different locations around the south island. Beach cleanups are a fun and exciting way of getting volunteers and community members out to a local beach and participating in a meaningful activity. Everyone has a good time and, depending on the beach, a large amount of debris is typically hauled off the shoreline. All the debris is sorted, recycled and disposed of properly.
The Combing the Coast Program takes monthly beach cleanup efforts to the next level. Along with gathering the waste on a beach, a certain amount is measured and recorded. Through using a shoreline survey method developed by NOAA in the United States, the chapter is developing a valuable data set that can help identify some of the main types of pollution found on local beaches. This information is shared with Chapter stakeholders and is helpful when developing other campaigns and programs focused at pollution reduction.
The campaign has two main focuses: monthly local beach cleanups and an annual remote beach cleanup