The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, presented by Loblaw Companies Limited, and jointly led by Vancouver Aquarium and WWF, is launching a volunteer sign-up registry to help address the anticipated arrival of Japanese tsunami debris on Canada’s West Coast. This new registry will support local, provincial and federal cleanup planning efforts.

Add your name to the registry via

As debris arrives and accumulates on shores along the Canadian West Coast, registrants will be contacted for activation by local Shoreline Cleanup site coordinators with details outlining cleanup locations, dates and times.

The new registry provides the opportunity to connect concerned citizens with local communities needing support. The devastating tsunami that hit the Japanese coast in March 2011 washed millions of tonnes of debris into the ocean. It is estimated that up to 1.5 million tonnes of debris may reach the North American West Coast, but it is unknown as to when it will arrive, and in what amount.

Ocean debris poses one of the biggest challenges to our oceans and waterways. Although preventing debris resulting from tragic natural disasters isn’t always possible, there are actions that can be taken to help address the issue.

Shoreline litter is a larger issue that goes beyond just one incident. Through direct-action efforts such as the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, individuals, teams and groups can do their part to help keep our waters clean and assist communities who will need this support.

Participating in the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup is one way individuals and groups can directly contribute, helping to make our oceans more resilient – now and for generations to come. The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup has recruited and trained volunteers for the past 19 years, and is best known for its fall cleanup campaign, which, this year, will take place from Sept. 15-23, 2012. Registration is also open for the fall cleanup at Last year 56,000 Canadians participated in clean-ups in 1,600 locations across the country.


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2 Responses

  1. Colin Kelly

    To those whom may be concerned.

    My name is Colin Kelly. I was living in Sendai, Japan when the earthquake and subsequent tsunami struck. I had lived there for about 5 years all together. I have done some research on the net and have found that you and/or your organization may be involved in the clean-up of some of the material that will soon be washing up as a result of the tsunami. The reason I am contacting you is that I would like to, through the use of facebook and other online resources, help return some of the possessions to those who have lost so much. Specifically I am thinking of photos. It is my belief that through the contacts I have in the Sendai area, their friends/family, and their friends/family it is possible to return some of these pictures back to their owners. Once someone sees the pictures online and recognize them they cane be returned. I feel as though if we can return even one photo to one person we can change someone’s life, giving them a piece of their past and maybe a little hope for the future.
    If you are interested in being involved in my little experiment please let me know, and let others know as well. The more people we can get onboard the better chance we will have to reach our goals.
    I appreciate your time.


    • Vancouver Aquarium

      Thanks for your comment, Colin. Your passion to assist others is to be commended. The Vancouver Aquarium, in partnership with WWF, does lead a national shoreline cleanup effort called the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup – While this campaign is not set up to return items to their owners, we wish you all the best in your efforts.


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