Conservative estimates place the number of abandoned boats along Canada’s West Coast at around 1,400.
Don’t quote that number to John Roe.
Roe believes there are a whole lot more than 1,400 boats cluttering up the B.C. shoreline.
Based in Victoria, he’s basically been attacking the clutter for nearly 25 years since he began pitching in to help try to clean up Victoria Harbour in 1995.
Now, he covers the waterfront from Port Renfrew in the south up to Alaska in the north.
What started out of an avocation has essentially turned into a full-time job.
Keep in mind that the waste from one 25-foot fibreglass boat is the equivalent to 480,000 straws being dumped into the ocean.
One more challenge for those crossing their fingers that oceans–heck, the planet–can be saved.
I spoke by phone with Roe on Tuesday.Listen