MP Johns Calls for Immediate Action to Clean Up Dangerous Marine Debris on the West Coast

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November 18, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MP Johns Calls for Immediate Action to Clean Up Dangerous Marine Debris on the West Coast

OTTAWA - Today, NDP MP for Courtenay-Alberni, Gord Johns, called on the federal government to address the situation on the west coast of Vancouver Island where potentially harmful marine debris has been washing up in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, in Ucluelet, Tofino and Ahousaht territory.

Following the delayed response by the federal government to the diesel spill in Bella Bella, MP Johns questioned, "It's been almost a week since this began and there is still no real action. Will the Federal Government take immediate action to help with this clean up?"

Early in November, the Hanjin Seattle container ship lost 35 shipping containers during rough weather at sea. The ocean debris is believed to be coming from those lost containers. Transport Canada has not been successful at contacting the ship's owners, who declared bankruptcy earlier in the year.

Johns called for support for local community members who are carrying the burden of responsibility on the cleanup effort outside of the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, "Will [the federal government] support community groups like Surfrider and local First Nations to prevent any further environmental damage from this debris?"

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