Minister of Transport Marc Garneau announced Friday that Salish Sea Industrial Services, an Indigenous-owned and operated marine construction, maintenance and support services company, is receiving $404,350 under the Abandoned Boats Program to remove 17 boats from three locations around Salt Spring Island. (Keri Coles/News staff)

17 abandoned boats around Salt Spring Island to be removed with federal funding

Local Indigenous company awarded funds through Abandoned Boats Program

A local Indigenous company in Victoria has been granted federal funding to remove 17 boats from local waters.

Minister of Transport Marc Garneau announced in Victoria Friday the most recent applicants to receive funding through the Abandoned Boats Program to support the assessment, removal and disposal of abandoned boats in Canadian waters.

Salish Sea Industrial Services, an Indigenous-owned and operated marine construction, maintenance and support services company, is receiving $404,350 under the Abandoned Boats Program to remove the boats from three locations around Salt Spring Island.

RELATED: Feds urged to streamline abandoned boat regulations

“Abandoned boats are a threat to marine ecosystems, aquatic species and the livelihood of fish harvesters. The Government of Canada is proud to support this collaboration of municipalities, industry, and Indigenous groups, working together to improve our coasts and waterways for future generations,” said Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport.

The company previously received funding for and successfully completed the removal of four boats in Victoria Harbour.

The Township of Esquimalt was also announced as a recipient, receiving $2,500 for assessment of one boat and $5,625 for removal of one boat.

RELATED: Transport Canada announces $17M for pollutant clean up in Victoria Park, removal of abandoned boats

The Abandoned Boats Program is investing $6.85 million for abandoned boat assessment, removal and disposal, and for research and education initiatives, under the Oceans Protection Plan.

Launched in November 2016, the five-year, $1.5-billion Oceans Protection Plan is working to protect Canada’s coasts and waterways.

“As we mark the two-year anniversary of the Oceans Protection Plan this month, we renew our commitment to meaningful action to safeguard Canadian waters as a critical resource and a source of pride,” said Garneau.


 

keri.coles@blackpress.ca

Follow us on Instagram
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Minister of Transport Marc Garneau announced Friday the most recent applicants to receive funding through the Abandoned Boats Program to support the assessment, removal and disposal of abandoned boats in Canadian waters. (Keri Coles/News staff)

Minister of Transport Marc Garneau speaks with representatives from Salish Sea Industrial Services, an Indigenous-owned and operated marine construction, maintenance and support services company receiving $404,350 under the Abandoned Boats Program to remove the boats from three locations around Salt Spring Island. (Keri Coles/News staff)

Just Posted

Judge rejects pandemic as reason to grant bail to immunocompromised prisoner

Esquimalt man told there are more health risks for addicts on the street than there are in jail

VicPD asks for help finding owner of recovered camera

Camera contained images of a family celebrating a wedding

PHOTOS: Spring has sprung in Greater Victoria

Readers share thier images of the season from around the south Island

Greater Victoria sheriffs, local business deliver food to those struggling with mental health

More than $900 worth of groceries were delivered to members of the Connections Place Society

More than 600 items donated to the homeless occupants of Topaz Park

Newly established Neighbourhood Response Team helps coordinate collection

Mental Health: Planning for a crisis

Crisis planning lays out a blueprint in case hard times hit

Major crimes investigating sudden death of North Okanagan child

The 8 year old was flown to Kelowna General Hospital and died hours later

Easter Bunny added to B.C.’s list of essential workers

Premier John Horgan authorizes bunny to spread “eggs-ellent cheer” throughout province

COVID-19 self-isolation plan or quarantine, returning B.C. residents told

Premier John Horgan says forms must be filled out by travellers

More than 400 animals have been adopted amid pandemic: B.C. SPCA

People are taking this time of social distancing to find a loyal companion through the animal welfare group

VIDEO: More than 85 people displaced by Campbell River apartment fire

Traffic is being diverted around Dogwood Street and 9th Avenue

Thieves steal $5,000 worth of cigarettes and candy from semi trailer in Nanaimo

Culprits hit truckload in shipping company storage yard on Old Victoria Road on Monday

B.C. secures motel, hotel rooms for COVID-19 shelter space

Community centres, rooms reserved for pandemic self-isolation

Most Read