Nature Conservancy of Canada plans P.E.I. shore cleanup

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The Nature Conservancy of Canada has helped protect over 4,650 acres of sensitive wetlands, forested areas and coastal shoreline across Prince Edward Island, including this site on Boughton Island near Cardigan in 2007.


The Nature Conservancy of Canada in Prince Edward Island is organizing an event on Saturday, July 26, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Murray Harbour to the five islands to clean the shores for the protection of wildlife and migratory birds from ingestion and inadvertent entanglement in traps.

The trip is 10 kilometres from the launch site, around the islands, and return.

Organizers are looking for experienced kayakers who have their own kayaks and life preservers to volunteer to paddle the groups across and they are looking for at least 20 volunteers to help collect marine debris.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada is collaborating with the province of Prince Edward Island, the South East Environmental Association and the Island Nature Trust.

The province is providing a motor boat to pick up garbage bags from volunteers.

“This is important habitat for harbour seals, bald eagles, ospreys, great blue herons, gulls, cormorants and sea ducks, which people may have a chance to see during the event,” says a news release from the conservancy.

“Sometimes items are illegally dumped and end up washing on shore,” notes the release. ”These items obviously cause an eyesore but also potentially cause pollution hazardous materials to leach into the ground or run into the water.”

Anyone who wants to register for the cleanup can do so by calling 1-877-231-4400 or visiting

Organizations: South East Environmental Association, Island Nature Trust

Geographic location: Canada, Prince Edward Island, Murray Harbour

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Recent comments

    July 14, 2014 - 22:52

    Please do not say looking for traps , this brings to mind firstly the lobster fishery where every trap is accounted for . This is the refuse from the mussel fishery, the true likes to be seen on Boughton Island, in the pond between what is called the Island and the Little Island . That is what you can see on land ,ask any fisherman what mussel trash they encounter everyday during the fishing season entangled in their traps .

  • Mad fisherman
    July 14, 2014 - 17:09

    Please take account of how much aquaculture waste ends up on PEI river banks and estuarys. Their should be a point of sale environmental tax on all of these commercial fishing products to pay for clean up and recycling of their garbage . Its even 40 feet up into the woods on most north shore river banks .