June 6, 2014
For immediate release
PEI Aquaculture Alliance leads Island-wide shore cleanup June 8 - 30
Fisheries, Aquaculture and Rural Development
Province and the Aquaculture Industry partner on Island-wide shoreline clean-up effort to launch on World Oceans Day
The PEI Aquaculture Alliance has partnered with the Province of Prince Edward Island to initiate an Island-wide shoreline clean-up effort in recognition of World Oceans Day, June 8.
“It’s important that our industry take a lead role with these types of important initiatives,” said Chris Somers, President of the Prince Edward Island Aquaculture Alliance. “Protecting our waters and maintaining the pristine nature of our shorelines is the responsibility of multiple users. Environmental stewardship is about taking responsibility and doing things that are important for our environment. Alliance members take this seriously. We look forward to supporting other groups and users who want to get involved.”
Working in partnership with the province and Island Waste Management, private waste haulers, other marine organizations, watershed, community and school groups, the effort will kick off on World Oceans Day, June 8. The month of June will play host to multiple efforts and activities that create awareness and engage people to take action in litter collection on our shorelines, culminating with a dedicated effort June 26-29, inclusive.
“Litter on the shoreline is both unattractive and represents possible risks to human and aquatic life,” said Environment, Labour and Justice Minister Janice Sherry. “I congratulate the Aquaculture Alliance on this ambitious initiative which will help to protect and enhance the quality of the marine environment for Islanders and visitors.”
“Our Island waterways provide important economic opportunities for Prince Edward Island. The aquaculture and shellfish industries alone employ more than 3,000 Islanders and contribute more than $80 million to the provincial economy,” said Fisheries, Aquaculture and Rural Development Minister, Ron MacKinley. “My department is pleased to partner with the PEI Aquaculture Alliance and encourages all water users to work together to protect our coastal environment.”
For specific information on waste collection sites, waste pick-up dates and acquiring bags, groups can contact the PEI Aquaculture Alliance at 368-2757 or go to our website at www.aquaculturepei.com.