Category: Oceans

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,…

Surfrider Display Featured at Shaw Centre For The Salish Sea

As a diver, I have always enjoyed visiting the aquarium. It is a great chance for me to view the marine animals that I love without the going through the hassle of donning complicated dive gear. So when Surfrider Vancouver Island was looking for a volunteer to go check out their new display at the Shaw Center for the Salish Sea I jumped on the opportunity. Little did I know,…

Victory for Recreational Ocean Users

Surfrider Vancouver Island is stoked that we all get to paddle and play in a soon-to-be cleaner marine environment! What great news it was to hear that we are mere weeks away from breaking ground on our new tertiary wastewater treatment facility! It is such a victory for us all to have clean water. There were many moments over the past few years when it felt hard to stay engaged…

Blue Water Task Force – Year End Summary

Water Quality Testing Results for 2016 In 2016, 26 water samples were collected from 17 sampling locations (Figure 1) and were tested for the number of bacterial cells present in the sample. Three of the sample locations were freshwater, thus were analyzed for E. coli. The other 14 sample locations were marine water, thus were analyzed for Enterococcus. Results of the bacterial analyses are shown in Table 1 and Figures…

Surfrider Speaks Out Against Trudeau’s Endorsement of Kinder Morgan Pipeline

Each year, Surfrider Foundation Canada leads thousands of British Columbia volunteers in coastal protection. Chapters in Vancouver, Victoria and Tofino bring together residents by pairing a passion for ocean recreation with environmental stewardship. Their activities include beach cleanups, citizen science, sporting events, public awareness and environmental education. While the fabric of Surfrider volunteers resembles a kaleidoscope as colourful as Canada’s population they are united by a common thread: a love…

Sewage Treatment Now!

September 12, 2016 Dear CRD Board Members, On behalf of Surfrider Foundation, Vancouver Island Chapter, I’m writing to ask you to please strongly encourage the Capital Regional District Board (CRD) to accept the CRD Sewage Treatment Project Board's recommendations. The CRD Sewage Treatment Project Board's recommendations are an opportunity to move forward with tertiary wastewater treatment and meet the provincial and federal funding deadlines. The Surfrider Foundation is a grassroots,…

International Plastic Bag Free Day

July 3rd is International Plastic Bag Free Day! We are celebrating this day by asking everyone to take the plastic free pledge! For just one day, or perhaps even longer! From 2-6pm, volunteers will be at the Surfrider tent outside of RBC in Cook St. Village. Come by the tent and learn about our Rise Above Plastics program and sign the petition to ban single-use plastic checkout bags in Victoria!…

King Tides 2013

We are excited to announce a new Surfrider Vancouver Island Initiative – King Tides! Every winter the BC coast experiences extreme high tides, also known as King Tides. King tides illustrate the average water levels we can expect in the next 100 years due to climate change induced sea level rise. Imagine high water and storm surge on top of that new sea level, and it is clear we need…

Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup 2013

Saturday September 28th was a very wet and windy day on the west coast but that didn’t stop a dedicated group of 30 volunteers to participate in the 20th year of the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. The Surfrider Vancouver Island chapter registered a clean up Sombrio Beach within the Juan de Fuca Provincial Park. This year we removed 101 lbs of garbage of the shoreline. Debris found included a tire,…

Sombrio Beach Interpretive Sign

Surfrider Vancouver Island is proud to announce the installation of a new interpretive sign at Sombrio Beach in Juan De Fuca Provincial Park. BC Parks provided Surfrider VI with a grant through the Park Enhancement Fund to develop a sign that would engage park visitors and raise awareness about the impacts that human behaviour has on the wildlife and natural environment present in the park. The interpretive sign takes a…