Blue Friday 2020 Is Coming

An estimated 8 million tonnes of plastic enters our oceans each year. Mass consumerism and over-consumption is the driving force of this epidemic. Blue Friday is a collaboration of brands and consumers working together to use business for good. Every year on “Black Friday” the participating brands pledge to donate 100% of their profits to a jointly selected Ocean based cause. In 2019, the first ever Blue Friday, 7 participating…

Marine Debris Tracker App

Surfrider Canada has teamed up with the Marine Debris Tracker App to make it easier than ever to log your beach clean data! We can't clean our way out of the plastic pollution crisis, but recording data about the debris we find is the first step towards tackling this issue at the source; not only do we get a sense of which items are the biggest offenders, we amass compelling…

Found Objects Photo Contest

From now until October 16th, the Surfrider Foundation presents the 4th annual Found Objects photo contest. Found Objects is an opportunity for people to share items that they’ve found [and cleaned-up!] off of their local beach or waterway. Participants are encouraged to take a photo of the objects found on the beach, arranged in a creative and artistic way AND share a story about the photograph. This story can include…

S.O.S (Solidified Oil Spill) on Annacis Island

Solidified Oil Spill

The heavy rains across the region this week led to thousands of plastic pellets flowing into the Audley Channel on Annacis Island, spilling over onto the banks. In some places on the shore, the piles of shredded plastic are up to three centimetres deep. Catch our Solidified Oil Spill (S.O.S) coordinator David and other experts from our sister chapters on Global BC sharing the latest example of industrial plastic pollution spilling into…

Compostable Plastics at the University of Victoria: The Breakdown

Surfrider worked with Uvic’s SOSC program to mentor two students this year. Carmen Pavlov and Emily Wharin researched the path that single-use compostable plastic items take at the University of Victoria. They learned that there’s a huge communication gap between purchasers in Uvic’s cafes and restaurants, the students and faculty who eat there, and the waste management team that takes garbage away. GOAL #1 Investigate the waste stream of compostable…

Standing in Solidarity with Wet’suwet’en

Standing in Solidarity with Wet'suwet'en

Have you seen Wet’suwet’en in the news recently? Are you aware of the current situation between them, the RCMP, and our federal and provincial governments? Who are the Wet’suwet’en? The Wet’suwet’en are an Indigenous Nation made up of five clans and 13 house groups that spread across 22,000km^2 of the central interior of B.C. outside of Burns Lake. The five clans include the Gilseyhu (Big Frog), Laksilyu (Small Frog), Gitdumden…

Official Response to Supreme Court Ruling Over Bag Bylaw

SURFRIDER FOUNDATION VANCOUVER ISLAND RESPONSE TO SUPREME COURT RULING OVER THE CITY OF VICTORIA’S CHECKOUT BAG REGULATION BYLAW On January 23, 2020, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that it will not hear the City of Victoria’s appeal to the overturning of its Checkout Bag Regulation Bylaw by the BC Court of Appeal. Surfrider Foundation Vancouver Island recognizes that its previous campaign victory in helping enact the Checkout Bag Regulation…

Plastic Production and Climate Change

Q. What is the link between climate change and the plastic industry? A. Plastic is made from petrochemicals, a byproduct of the fossil fuel industry. Because it is a byproduct, it is cheap and readily available -- and thus very profitable for companies. Industry benefits from increasing the market for plastic as part of our reliance on fossil fuels. From extraction to disposal and even once pollution, the entire lifecycle…

How To Lead A Beach Cleanup

Beach cleanups are a great way to get outdoors with family, friends and co-workers to do your part. Lots of people ask us how they can put together their own, so we've put together this handy guide to assist you in your own cleanup project. 1 Before heading out on your beach clean, check the weather and tides to make sure conditions are safe! There's a great tides app you…

Portland Island Remote Beach Cleanup

We had an epic cleanup with Surfrider UVic on Portland Island last weekend. 💙 It doesn't take long to see that even on a beautiful, remote island the plastic pollution problem persists. I could show you how pretty this Island is, but that’s not the point. The objective of the journey of these epic Surfrider UVic volunteers today was to highlight the issue of microplastics pollution on the semi-remote paradise,…