Aquaculture Site, Echo Bay (2017)

LOCATION: Echo Bay, British Columbia

Case number: 120-711-R

The Incident
On March 5, 2017, the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) received a report about a spill from a fuel tank at an Atlantic salmon aquaculture site in Echo Bay, B.C., about 70 kilometers east of Port Hardy. Up to 1,500 litres of bio diesel spilled into the water when a fuel pump was left on overnight. The spill constituted a threat to about 50 clam beaches in the area of Burdwood Group of islands.

Staff at the fish farm put out absorbent pads to soak up the fuel, and most of the spill was contained in the fish pens. CCG and B.C. Ministry of Environment personnel, as well as a marine clean-up company were on scene to respond to the spill. Sensitive shoreline areas were mapped for priority protection, and a barge was used for secure temporary storage of the waste materials being generated during the response operations.

The Claim
No claim has been filed with the Administrator.

The file remains open.