There are many rays of sunshine amidst the clouds and we applaud the organizations that work hard towards making our world a healthier and safer place to live.
One such organization is the Emerald Sea Protection Society (ESPS) based in beautiful Ucluelet, British Columbia.
ESPS addresses the complex problem of ghost gear and other marine debris through research, underwater surveys, recovery, recycling and education. They work collaboratively with governments, businesses, non-profits and schools to minimize the impact of marine debris on the west coast of British Columbia.
Founded by Bourton Scott, ESPS is a platform that carries out research and recovery projects to protect the underwater environments along the Pacific Northwest Coast of Canada. Working the vast coastline of BC as a commercial diver, Bourton experienced first hand the devastating effects of lost fishing gear and marine debris on underwater ecosystems. Eager to improve this situation, Bourton began applying his knowledge and experience to tackle the complex issue of lost fishing gear in Canada to help preserve the sensitive and unique underwater ecology.
He and his dedicated team, along with partner organizations, map the locations of lost fishing gear via surveys and models, working safely to recover abandoned gear in collaboration with local communities and industries.