Vancouver’s Point Grey is Canada’s largest marine dump

Mysterious site off Vancouver’s Point Grey is Canada’s largest marine dump
PreviousNext Terry Slack, a veteran gillnetter and Fraser River watchdog, next to a barge used to dump sediments at a federal marine disposal site off Point Grey near UBC. The barge is moored on the north arm of the Fraser River.
Six kilometres due west of Wreck Beach and the University of British Columbia lies a mysterious federal marine disposal site — the largest and oldest in Canada — where vast amounts of dredged and excavated material are dumped each year. “It’s kind of a secret thing, that’s the way I describe it,” says Terry Slack, a veteran gillnetter and public watchdog on local fishing issues who worries about the dump. “Not too many people know it exists.” Officially opened in 1976, the site received about 22.1 million cubic metres of material to 2014, including 2.3 million cubic metres dumped there from 1930 to 1976. The site has a radius of one naut…

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