Clayoquot CleanUp

Tofino, British Columbia, Canada
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We are a world leader in marine habitat restoration.


We specialize in emergency spill response, accumulated debris removal, and aquaculture site deconstruction and removal our team of technical experts possess advanced training and experience that assures successful restoration of demanding marine environments. 

Clayoquot Sound is an ecologically rich ecosystem suffering from the impact of ocean plastics and marine debris. 
Home to First Nations communities (Hesquiaht, Ahousaht, Tla-o-qui-aht) the District of Tofino, a plethora of visitors, part time residents and colorful characters, the biodiversity of our landscape is mirrored closely by the diversity of its human inhabitants. Drawing from this diversity and the reliance we have upon the industries of fishing, aquaculture and eco-tourism, the link is clear between healthy landscapes and thriving wildlife and sustainable economic growth and development. 
Clayoquot Sound acts as an aggregator for ocean plastics and marine debris from both domestic and international sources. Commercial fishing gear, jettisoned shipping containers, styrofoam insulation and household plastics are all prevalent examples of pollution that is turning Clayoquot Sound into a landfill. As a result, cetaceans and other wildlife combat entanglement as a way of life. Whales perish in lost fishing gear, birds choke on plastics mistaken for food and the integrity of the ecosystem as a whole declines.

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Hesquiaht Harbour Habitat Restoration 2017
In 2017 the CleanUp team set a record for cleaning the longest continuous stretch of coastline in the world. Technical directors and teams of volunteers successfully restored 29.04 kilometres of pristine British Columbia coastline to a pollution-free state. The benefits to local First Nations, coastal communities, and a myriad of resident and migratory wildlife cannot be understated. Clayoquot CleanUp continues to work within Clayoquot Sound targeting the removal of accumulated ocean plastics and marine debris, abandoned aquaculture sites, and responding to emergency pollution spills throughout the area.
Capt Josh Temple brings more than 25 years of experience in the marine industry as a captain and commercial diver to the helm of Clayoquot CleanUp. He has called Clayoquot Sound home for over two decades and shares his intimate knowledge of the area and it’s environment with the project and its staff. He has supervised international marine operations throughout Latin America and the United States, as well as extensive domestic operations within Canada on both the Pacific and Atlantic coasts. His track record of efficient and result orientated leadership has established his reputation as a leader in the marine operations field.