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Beach Cleanup 2020

April 26, 2020

Float Demolition

We will not be hosting a one day cleanup this year due to COVID-19. Instead of a one day cleanup, we are encouraging everyone to clean the beaches on their own as individuals and families throughout the month of April. Please pile all the debris at the nearest vehicle access to be picked up after the end of April. Please secure all debris so it does not blow around in the wind. Remember to bring your own garbage bags and gloves. Thank you for your efforts and patience this year! Even though we must keep our distance, we can still work together as a team.

While community beach cleanups alone will not solve the global issue of ocean pollution, they are an important component in reducing the harmful effects of human trash in our local environment. Each item removed reduces the accumulation of microplastics on our shores. An investigation of the upper intertidal area of Piggott Bay Beach is a real eye-opener! It’s amazing to think that mass production of plastics has only been around for 70 years…. For more information on ocean plastics, please read an article by Kelly Fretwell here.


April 26, 2020
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Mayne Island Agricultural Hall
430 Fernhill Rd
Mayne Island, BC V0N 2J0 Canada


Mayne Island Conservancy
(250) 539-2535


Rosemary Cornell · March 5, 2020 at 9:13 pm

Two coves that have massive plastic/styrofoam waste are the “beach” southeast of the Japanese Gardens and the cove just west of Helen’s Point. Are these sites on the clean-up list?

    Rob Underhill · March 6, 2020 at 11:17 am

    Thanks for the head-up Rosemary! Like many of the smaller coves and beaches around Mayne Island, those locations have not been ‘cleaned’ as part of the annual beach cleanup. I am planning on organizing some cleanups of those neglected areas of the coastline. I’ll send you an email.

    Doris · April 23, 2020 at 10:30 am

    Can we find a way to get rid of abandoned, wrecked, boats at David, s cove? It would be a nice space to sodial distance this summer. I take a car load, To recycle, in town,every time we have to leave the island a big thank you to those that are fortunate enough to be there! All the best to all you helpers doris

Greg Mooney · April 24, 2020 at 8:38 am

Please advise me of priority areas on Mayne.

    Rob Underhill · April 24, 2020 at 12:55 pm

    Hi Greg, most beaches are in need of some attention. In particular any beaches facing southeast such as Kadonaga Bay, Bennett Bay, and Piggott Bay. They seem to collect trash on a daily basis. Thanks.

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