Transport Canada has announced funding to help coastal communities, including Port Edward, clear out abandoned boats and vessels that pose both as an eyesore and safety concern.
The department says $1.3 million is being made available to assess and remove abandoned boats from ports and harbours in British Columbia and Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as to support an education campaign to deter the practice.
Transport Minister Marc Garneau says abandoned vessels are a financial burden to communities and the funds will help mitigate the costs.
The Port Edward Harbour Authority and three other authorities will share in over $140,000 to assist in the removal of nine boats.
There is also funding in B.C. to assess 26 abandoned and wrecked boats, allowing port authorities and others to apply to have them removed.
The funding will also support research into developing environmentally friendly methods to recycle and dispose of boats.
(The Canadian Press)