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Call to Action!
New Port Traffic Management Plan:
~ Our Response
~ How Can You Help

SCSWA humbly acknowledges that the lands and waters that encompass the Southern Gulf Islands have been unceded territory and home to Coast Salish peoples since time immemorial. We wish to honour the rich history, stewardship, and cultural heritage that embody this place we all call home and join in the calls to action for truth and reconciliation.

New Port of Vancouver Active Vessel Traffic Management Program

Our response:

As a follow up to last week’s Newsletter and our evaluation of the Port of Vancouver’s new Active Vessel Traffic Management program plans, please see the response we sent on behalf of the Alliance to the AVTM team here. Along with your support, we hope we can put enough pressure on government to move towards anchorage elimination, not mitigation.

How you can help:

To provide feedback on the Active Vessel Traffic Management program, please copy the following suggested content (feel free to personalize!) and send an email to the AVTM Project Team as well as Omar Alghabra, Minister of Transport and Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change.

avtm@portvancouver.com
omar.alghabra@parl.gc.ca
steven.guilbeault@parl.gc.ca

Subject Line : Active Vessel Traffic Management program—elimination not mitigation

Dear Ministers and AVTM team,

I am adding my voice to the growing demand to close the 33 anchorages in the Southern Gulf Islands, as called for by First Nations, politicians, Islands Trust, NGOs, and citizens.

Islands Trust has called the Southern Gulf Islands “one of the most productive marine ecosystems in the world and includes the highest density of species at risk in Canada,” and it is unconscionable for the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and government to industrialize this pristine environment with the 33 anchorages throughout the region.

Through the digitized Active Vessel Traffic Management program, VFPA has an opportunity to reduce the root cause of ship scheduling inefficiencies and effectively phase out of using the SGI anchorages. The 2018 Protocol did not work, in fact, it made the anchorage issue worse.

I am adding my voice to call for “elimination, not mitigation” of the 33 anchorages in the Southern Gulf Islands.

Thank you,

Your name

Thank you for helping to save these waters for future generations.

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