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What are the impacts (cultural, social and economic) to indigenous peoples and communities from marine activities?

over 2 years ago

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  • BCresidant over 2 years ago
    The South Gulf islands depend on tourism for their health of their economy. Every community that lives with freighter traffic and anchorages literally on their doorstep is impacted. Tourism, a big part of which is recreational fishing, is affected by the freighters' noise, light pollution, air pollution and disruption of sealife. I have no doubt that this impact would be even greater on First Nations.
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  • Ruby Chapman over 2 years ago
    The presence of freighter anchorages in the southern Gulf Islands of the Georgia Strait causes damage to the local economy. The local fishers, the local tour operators, restaurants, businesses offering accommodation, and other tourist services feel the harm. Communities have difficulty encouraging people to come and make their homes there when the view over the sea is dominated by large freighters at anchor. Some residents, unable to cope with marine vessel intrusions move away, disrupting the fabric of the community. At a time when local residents should be gathering together to build strong, positive relationships and grow as a community, they are instead forced to focus on negative issues- chief amongst them the health and economic impacts around the freighter anchorages. There are no cultural, social or economic benefits to freighter anchorages for coastal communities, only unnecessary harm. It is easy to see why coastal residents feel that the Federal and Provincial governments care more about the financial wellbeing of already wealthy international shipping interests than about the health, welfare and quality of life of coastal residents.
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  • Ruby Chapman over 2 years ago
    Communities in the southern Strait of Georgia and the Gulf Islands that lie adjacent to Freighter Anchorages are bearing the burden of the poor port management at the Port of Vancouver. For example, some freighters at anchor in the southern Gulf Islands are there because they are permitted to arrive early, sometimes a month or more, as a favour to international shipping interests. This misdirected management provides no economic benefit to Canada as a trading nation. Nor does it enhance port efficiency. The ships are using the gulf islands as a convenient parking lot, all the while polluting our air and water and causing damage to our local economy. The local economy relies heavily on tourism. Tourists visit to see a thriving marine ecosystem with its abundant wildlife. Tourists do not come to view freighter parking lots.
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  • PAudretsch over 2 years ago
    Indigenous Leaders have said that their people depend on an unspoiled natural environment for their cultural, physical and spiritual health. With freighter traffic and anchorages adjacent to their territorial lands, traditional sustainable food sources & quality, plus spiritual as well as cultural activities are negatively impacted. In support of the UN Declaration of Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP) it is important that they be heard on these issues.
    All communities in close proximity to freighter traffic and anchorages are increasingly expected to shoulder the burden, including the negative health, welfare and economic impacts of international marine commerce. Ships' generators run 24/7 creating significant noise and at night the ship’s bright lighting leave nearby residents sleepless. In some of these areas transshipping of gypsum has also created noxious clouds of gypsum dust that envelope nearby residential communities, in addition to the already potentially dangerous levels of particulate pollution from the ship’s exhaust. Residents unable to cope with marine vessel intrusions move away, disrupting the fabric of a community. Mental health issues occur because legitimate social, cultural and health concerns associated with these anchorages are being ignored. Anchorage issues distract community residents away from important cultural and social strengthening. Local Southern Gulf Island economies rely heavily on tourism and this has been negatively impacted by the presence of nearby anchorages. In addition, property values adjacent to these anchorages have fallen.
    While some ships captains abide by stipulated guidelines, many don’t and the “guidelines” are largely unenforced (unenforceable?) and their contravention is without consequences. There are currently no water use restrictions imposed on shipping similar to those in ports which designate areas for industrial use.
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  • wedwards over 2 years ago
    Freighter traffic in southwest BC is resulting in environmental impacts to Gulf Island's communities in the Islands Trust without any direct economic benefit. These impacts were not adequately assessed, nor where adequate mitigation plans made, prior to approval of port expansions by the federal government. Freighter traffic is causing indirect impacts to the Gulf Islands because of the need for freighters to anchor while awaiting a berth for unloading and loading. According to VFPA data, only about 50% of freighters arrive within 8h of their berthing window and therefore many arrivals must anchor somewhere nearby because the number of anchorages in the VFPA is inadequate. Anchoring activities have a long history of adversely impacting residents of the Gulf Islands and also result in complaints being fielded by the Pacific Port Authority, as it is responsible for the pilots that guide vessels to their anchorages. This type of land use conflict between communities and vessel owner/operators is a predicable outcome of port growth and will continue to worsen with the growth forecast in local vessel traffic. Gulf Island waters need to be protected from regular use as over-flow anchorages for ships destined for the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and their use as anchorages for self-unloading vessels should be prohibited.
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