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Behind the Scenes: Safety on the water

Responders working on the Bligh Island Shipwreck face a medium to high risk due to the nature of the work during a response, weather conditions in Zuciarte Channel, sea conditions and temperature, and sea state. To address this risk, the CCGS Moorhen, Coast Guard’s Safety Vessel, is on scene to monitor the conditions, and work [...]

March 5th, 2021|Categories: Behind The Scenes, Latest Updates|

Situation Report (March 1)

SITREP Incident: BLIGH ISLAND SHIPWRECK Incident Start Date DECEMBER 3, 2020 Location: BLIGH ISLAND, VANCOUVER ISLAND             Situational Overview As a result of a number of sightings of sheening and oiling in the vicinity of Bligh Island / Zuciarte Channel, CCG confirms that the shipwreck of the M/V Schiedyk, a [...]

March 2nd, 2021|Categories: Latest Updates, Situation Reports|

Behind the Scenes – Radio Communications

The remoteness and mountainous geography of Nootka Sound on the West Coast of Vancouver Island is  beautiful but it is a challenge when it comes to communicating on the water. For the Bligh Island response efforts, where there is no direct line of sight from the staging area to the spill site because of the [...]

February 25th, 2021|Categories: Behind The Scenes, Latest Updates|

Situation Report (Feb 22)

Incident: BLIGH ISLAND SHIPWRECK Incident Start Date DECEMBER 3, 2020 Location: BLIGH ISLAND, VANCOUVER ISLAND         Situational Overview As a result of a number of sightings of sheening and oiling in the vicinity of Bligh Island / Zuciarte Channel, CCG confirms that the shipwreck of the M/V Schiedyk, a 483 ft bulk [...]

February 23rd, 2021|Categories: Latest Updates, Situation Reports|

Mowachaht/Muchalaht Traditional Knowledge

The Bligh Island shipwreck is located in the traditional territory of the Mowachaht/Muchalaht First Nation. From time immemorial and today, members of the Nation walk the beaches, travel and fish on the waters, and know the places, animals and birds, winds and landscapes better than anyone else. Since the M/V Schiedyk started leaking oil at [...]

February 18th, 2021|Categories: Behind The Scenes, Latest Updates|

Situation Report (Feb 16)

Incident: BLIGH ISLAND SHIPWRECK Incident Start Date DECEMBER 3, 2020 Location: BLIGH ISLAND, VANCOUVER ISLAND   Situational Overview   As a result of a number of sightings of sheening and oiling in the vicinity of Bligh Island / Zuciarte Channel, CCG confirms that the shipwreck of the M/V Schiedyk, a 483 ft bulk carrier that [...]

February 16th, 2021|Categories: Latest Updates, Situation Reports|

Situation Report (Feb 8)

SITREP Incident: BLIGH ISLAND SHIPWRECK Incident Start Date DECEMBER 3, 2020 Location: BLIGH ISLAND, VANCOUVER ISLAND           Situational Overview As a result of a number of sightings of sheening and oiling in the vicinity of Bligh Island / Zuciarte Channel, CCG confirms that the shipwreck of the M/V Schiedyk, a 483 [...]

February 9th, 2021|Categories: Latest Updates, Situation Reports|

Behind the Scenes: Marine Mammal Monitoring

The DFO Marine Mammal Response program (MMRP) has been on-site in Nootka Sound since early December 2020. A member of the Mowachaht/Muchalaht First Nation has joined the surveys and is a key part of our team. The MMRP is conducting marine mammal surveys to evaluate the risk to marine mammals (sea otters in particular) to [...]

February 4th, 2021|Categories: Behind The Scenes, Latest Updates|

Situation Report (Feb 1)

SITREP Incident: BLIGH ISLAND SHIPWRECK Incident Start Date DECEMBER 3, 2020 Location: BLIGH ISLAND, VANCOUVER ISLAND   Situational Overview As a result of a number of sightings of sheening and oiling in the vicinity of Bligh Island / Zuciarte Channel, CCG confirms that the shipwreck of the M/V Schiedyk, a 483 ft bulk carrier that [...]

February 2nd, 2021|Categories: Latest Updates, Situation Reports|

Behind The Scenes: Local Weather Stations

The Bligh Island Shipwreck response has been aided by the installation of weather stations by Fisheries and Oceans Canada scientists. In late December, Institute of Ocean Sciences staff spent several days equipping three aquaculture facilities in Nootka Sound with weather stations. Winds in mountainous nearshore regions are often highly variable, and these stations provide critical [...]

January 28th, 2021|Categories: Behind The Scenes, Latest Updates|