Harbledown Island is located near Broughton Archipelago Marine Park in the Central Coast of B.C. Without resources to dispose an old boat docked at Harbledown Island, First Nation guardians are worried about environmental consequences in the event it sinks. (Google maps)

Old boat docked near Harbledown Island raises environmental concerns for B.C. First Nations

Guardian watchmen have asked province to help dispose the boat before it sinks and causes problems for nearby sensitive habitats

An old commercial fishing seine boat docked at Harbledown Island in the Central Coast of B.C. has raised environmental concerns for Da’naxda’xw Nation and Mamalilikulla First Nations.

The boat, Cape Chacon, built in 1949, belongs to Bruce Glendale and his family from Da’naxda’xw Nation who have been looking at options to dispose of it since it began falling apart.

But since Glendale did not have resources to dispose of it, he reached out to neighbouring Mamalilikulla guardian watchman Jake Smith who was conducting a beach clean up by moving all the derelict boats from their traditional territories.

Smith didn’t have the equipment to keep the vessel afloat, nor any environmental booms to contain oil spills in the event that happened. So he notified provincial authorities, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) and the Nanwakolas council to look into the matter “urgently.”

He told the authorities the old boat is no longer safe to run, is in very poor condition, and is just sitting there at the dock and taking on water.

Cape Chacon built in 1949 is now docked at Harbledown Island.(Submitted Photo)

The vessel still has two big diesel fuel tanks, one hydraulic tank, one main engine and an auxiliary engine; however, the amount of diesel fuel and hydraulics in the tank is unknown.

Both Smith and Glendale realized the vessel is a disaster waiting to happen and its proximity to sensitive habitats in the vicinity only increases the urgency of the matter. It is docked very close to the border of the Broughton Archipelago Marine Park and other Mamalilikulla territories like Alder Island, Berry Island and Swanson Island.

“It is only a matter to time when this vessel will sink and we will have a big environmental problem on our hands,” said Smith.

He said that if the vessel sinks it could destroy the nearby clam beds as well as archaeological sites, secret burial sites of the First Nations in the vicinity. It also poses a threat to the marine like and food fish of the First Nations.

“We have Orca whales and humpback whales that swim through this pass and we also have commercial crab fishermen working in these areas right now. In addition if the beaches are contaminated then the bears can’t eat mussels and barnacles and other marine life that they use to survive.”

Smith is yet to receive any reply from provincial authorities.

READ ALSO: First Nation’s guardians ‘take matters into their own hands’ and organize environmental clean-up

Environment

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

Just Posted

The Strathcona Regional District has applied again for funding for RE-CREATE project. File photo
Second round of grant funding ‘last chance hotel’ for Strathcona Gardens reno — Commissioner

Commission thinks streamlined application, lower funding ask gives better shot at success

Brighter Day, a youth-led initiative based out of Volunteer Campbell River, is looking to connect seniors and youth with a new pen pal program to help make everyone more connected during this socially-distanced time. Photo by Mike Davies/Campbell River Mirror
New pen-pal program looks to connect seniors and youth in Campbell River

Hope is to ‘make both parties feel less isolated through these challenging times’

As part of NSG, the Vancouver Foundation recently awarded a grant to an Abbotsford resident to organize a socially distanced driveway dinner party for neighbours to get to know each other. Grant applications for such projects can be made with the Campbell River Community Foundation before Oct.26, by residents of Sayward, Quadra and Campbell River. (Neighbourhood Small Grant photo)
Campbell River Community Foundation announces its first Neighbourhood Small Grants program

Grants up to $500 available for projects that comply with physical distancing guidelines from Campbell River, Sayward, Quadra among others

Village of Sayward
Mayoral candidates announced for Sayward ahead of Nov. 21 local byelections

The three positions that will be filled includes a mayor and two councillors

Campbell River Arts Council Executive Director Ken Blackburn was one of a dozen or so divers who took part in the McIvor Lake cleanup day put on by the Campbell River Tide Rippers dive club Oct. 4. Photo courtesy Campbell River Tide Rippers
Campbell River dive club takes 200kg of trash out of McIvor Lake

‘Sometimes we come across things that make you wonder what people were thinking’

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry presents modelling of COVID-19 spread in B.C., March 25, 2020. (B.C. government photo)
B.C. sets another COVID-19 record with 203 new cases

up to 1,766 active cases in B.C., two more deaths

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Jordan Naterer, an electrical engineer from Vancouver, was last seen Saturday Oct. 10. (Facebook photo)
Search efforts to resume for missing Manning Park hiker; Trudeau speaks on case

PM says he’ll do what he can to ‘nudge’ efforts to find Jordan Naterer, yet has little leverage locally

Smartphone showing various applications to social media services and Google. (Pixabay photo)
National media calling for level playing field with Google, Facebook

In Canada, Google and Facebook control 80 per cent of all online advertising revenues

École de L’Anse-au-sable. (Google Maps)
B.C. records first COVID-19 outbreak at school, six weeks after students return to class

Three cases of the virus have been identified at École de L’Anse-au-sable

Green Party leader Sonia Furstenau is seen as she leaves media event during a campaign stop in West Vancouver, B.C., Tuesday, October 20, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C. Green leader hopes voters see value in minority government

The Greens received nearly 17 per cent of the popular vote in 2017 yet received just three seats

Local candidates Pam Alexis, Abbotsford-Mission, and Preet Rai, Abbotsford-West, look on as NDP Leader John Horgan main streets in Abbotsford, B.C., Wednesday, October 21, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C. NDP takes snap election risk during pandemic in quest for majority government

Green Leader Sonia Furstenau said the election was unnecessary and irresponsible during the pandemic

Most Read