Combing the Coast is an initiative brought together by Surfrider Foundation Vancouver Island Chapter (South Island), in partnership with BC Parks. The goal is to organize a remote beach clean up to promote conservation and awareness on how we impact our beaches and coastal areas. Along with BC Parks, we've partnered with the Canadian Coast Guard Pacific Region and SBC Surf Magazine.
The event will take place on May 27th through to the 29th on Flores Island. Our goal is to remove as much waste as possible while detailing the waste collection for future reference. The waste will be transported back to Tofino to be further sorted and recycled.
The knowledge and data gathered during the event will relate to our "Rise Above Plastics" campaign and help apply a regional lens to the issue of plastics pollution on Vancouver Island.
Flores Island is a small island (approximately 150 km²) in Clayoquot Sound, off the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.
The village of Ahousaht is the only major settlement on the island. The island is home to the Ahousaht First Nations who are part of the larger Nuu-chah-nulth group.
The island can only be accessed by boat or seaplane. The main industry is fishing with some tourism. Tourism is promoted through the Walk on The Wildside hiking trail.
Flores Island was named in 1791 by Francisco de Eliza, in honor of Manuel Antonio Flores, the 51st viceroy of New Spain.