Banner Photo: Mussels, Mytilus species, in an intertidal shore. (Credit: Aroha Miller)

New 2020 Article

2020 Rating

2020 Rationale

Dioxin and furan concentrations are high, especially in mussels, when compared with other areas along the B.C. Coast. Metals continue to be detected in sediments, sometimes above sediment quality guidelines.

The following is an excerpt from the full updated article. Download the full 2020 article for all content and references.

PollutionTracker: monitoring contaminants in Átl’ḵa7tsem/ Txwnéwu7ts/Howe Sound

Author: Kelsey Delisle, PollutionTracker Coordinator, Ocean Pollution Research Program
Reviewer: Cecilia Wong, Senior Ecosystem Scientist, Environment Climate Change Canada

Excerpt from New 2020 article

PollutionTracker is a monitoring program launched by Ocean Wise Conservation Association in 2015 to measure and document levels and trends of contaminantsi in mussels (Mytilus species) and nearshore subtidalii sediment collected along the coast of B.C., including in Átl’ḵa7tsem/ Txwnéwu7ts/Howe Sound.

Read the full article to see what else is happening.

Background: View looking towards the mouth of Átl’ḵa7tsem/Txwnéwu7ts/Howe Sound. (Credit: Tracey Saxby, Visual Science)

What can you do?

A detailed overview of recommended actions relating to climate change is included in The path to zero carbon municipalities. In some cases, no progress was identified on previous recommended actions; these remain listed below.

action-individual Individual and Organization Actions:

action-governmentGovernment Action and Policy:

    • Invest in monitoring and research to better understand the risks posed by marine contaminants.
    • Develop regulations for new contaminants of concern to prohibit and control their production, use, and disposal.
    • Share data and publish science to inform consumer decisions and responsible business planning.
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