Oil spill off the coast of the Great Bear Rainforest- Canada

Originally published by the David Suzuki Foundation.

The threat of oil in our oceans can be devastating if the majority of local diet consists of seafood

The threat of oil in our oceans can be devastating if the majority of local diet consists of seafood

An oil spill was reported yesterday off the coast of the Great Bear Rainforest. There are 700 tonnes of heavy oil in a sunken U.S. Army ship under the site of the oil slick. While the current extent and severity of this oil spill is not yet known, there is potential for a significant spill.

What we do know is that 40% of the local diet comes from the sea, and that traditional shellfish harvesting areas are under threat.

Back in 2006, the federal government made assurances that the wreckage would get cleaned up, but they have done nothing since. Nearby, The Queen of the North (a BC ferry that sunk in 2006) also contains over 200,000 litres of fuel. Future leakages from either ship could severely impact local seafood, marine life and water quality.

These are just two reasons why we need better management of our oceans. This incident highlights the importance of taking a good comprehensive look at what we’re doing in the ocean-and how we’re doing it — to ensure that all measures are in place to ensure that coastal communities, businesses and ecosystem remain healthy.

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