Cleaning Our Shoreline initiative returns

The Cleaning Our Shoreline initiative resumes Monday, June 21, continuing the province’s work to protect the environment and to keep PEI coastal shoreline and waters healthy. 

Student crews have been hired Island-wide and are ready to remove debris and waste from Prince Edward Island’s coasts.  

“Islanders love our shorelines and depend on them for both work and play. The health of Island coastlines and coastal waters is important for wildlife habitats, for tourism and for the good of coastal industries. I encourage anyone with concerns about debris on a stretch of shoreline to report it to the Cleaning Our Shorelines service for clean-up.”

- Fisheries and Communities Minister Jamie Fox

Shoreline clean-up crews will be based in all three counties and will work closely with staff from the Departments of Fisheries and Communities and Transportation and Infrastructure to clean up provincial coastlines. Crews will be made aware of sensitive natural habitat areas and trained in how to protect these areas and vulnerable wildlife while carrying out their work. This initiative will build on and compliment the efforts of many individual islanders and organizations who contribute to keeping shoreline areas free of debris.

Islanders are invited to share information about shorelines in their communities that need to be cleaned up. Submit shoreline clean up requests by texting 902-200-2106 and include exact location, beach name, surrounding landmarks and pictures if possible. 

In 2020, clean-up crews visited 243 shorelines over the course of the summer and gathered 20,300 kilograms of debris for disposal.

“Due to Covid-19 work crews weren’t often able to meet with the public on the job, but the information we received from concerned residents was very valuable in finding and cleaning up areas where shore debris has collected,” said minister Fox.

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Department of Fisheries and Communities

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