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 seven 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.
Monthly beach cleanups are at the core of the Combing the Coast campaign
Through a strong and consistent beach cleanup and data collection effort, our chapter hopes to develop a robust data-set that helps inform people about the types of marine debris and garbage found on local Vancouver Island beaches, while simultaneously cleaning them up. With this data, our chapter can approach local businesses, industry and decision-makers and find ways to reduce the use and consumption of products that find their way to our coastline.
We organize monthy cleanups at one of the following beaches:
- Port Renfrew
- China Beach
- Jordan River
- Sandcut Beach
- French Beach
- Whiffin Spit
- Esquimalt Lagoon
- Clover Point
- Gonzalez Beach
- Cadoro Bay
- Willows Beach
The campaign has two main focuses: monthly local beach cleanups and an annual remote beach cleanup.
Volunteering at one of our monthly cleanups is the best way to help raise public awareness of the increasing amount of marine debris on our BC coast. Monthly beach cleanups happen on the second Sunday of every month, from 11am – 1pm.
Without the help of our sponsors, the endeavours that we have set out to achieve would not be possible.