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127 tons of cleanup, 42 days, 9 ships, 1 adventure of a lifetime

from Travel Courier

With a storm rolling in calling for rough seas with strong nautical winds and up to six metre swells, eco tourism operators Kevin Smith and Russell Markel knew they were racing against time to remove the lift bags filled with tons of marine debris their crew and colleagues had collected over the last five weeks off the north coast of BC. “There’s no way we can be there in those conditions and we were worried that the bags were going to be washed out to sea,” says Markel, the owner of Outer Shores Expeditions, one of five small ship tour operators that made up the Marine Debris Removal Initiative — a shore cleanup expedition focused on the outer coast of The Great Bear Rainforest. more

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