The Issue

The Port of Vancouver and others representing international shipping interests want to create 5 new anchorage sites in the pristine waters along the northeast shore of Gabriola Island.

Despite no demonstrated need for them, these anchorages would mean ships up to 300 meters long could be parked in a place they do not belong for days and weeks at a time, industrializing a part of British Columbia’s coastline that is more than twice the size of Stanley Park. At risk are countless sea creatures including British Columbia’s iconic Orcas, humpback whales, sea lions, chinook salmon, herring, rock cod and many bird species including the threatened Marbled Murrelet. Also at risk is the social and economic fabric of one of British Columbia’s protected Gulf Islands. It’s a bad idea and it must be stopped.

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