Group of volunteers ready to kayak Murray Harbour to clean the beaches (Photo by NCC)

Group of volunteers ready to kayak Murray Harbour to clean the beaches (Photo by NCC)

Nature Conservancy of Canada looking for volunteers

June 8, 2015
Murray Harbour, PEI


Major Clean up planned for Murray Harbour, PEI

The Nature Conservancy of Canada is looking for volunteers to assist with a major clean up at Murray Harbour on Prince Edward Island.

The 2nd annual Conservation Volunteers event is scheduled for Saturday, July 25th, from 10 am to 3 pm.

There is an archipelago of five islands in Murray Harbour (Cherry, Thomas, Gordon, Herring and Reynolds).

Earlier this year, the Nature Conservancy of Canada purchased Thomas Island.  NCC also purchased Reynolds Island for permanent conservation in 2012, and later transferred it to the Government of Prince Edward Island, who provided project funding.

The goal is to remove marine debris and garbage that washes up on the shores and which pose a threat to wildlife species from ingestion and entanglement.

Participants must have their own kayaks (or rented), all safety gear, be experienced and able to paddle 2 km to 10 km, depending which island they help clean up.

Volunteers will be provided with work gloves, water and snacks but should pack a lunch, water bottle and shoes for walking on the island.

The event will proceed in sunshine or light drizzle, but will be postponed to the following day if weather brings rain or high wind.

“This was a popular event last year and we hope to have a lot of interest again,” said Jennifer White, Stewardship Coordinator on PEI with the Nature Conservancy of Canada.  “It is a chance to see a different part of the province, be out in nature, have fun while protecting one of the Island’s unique areas.

The groups who are sponsoring the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s Murray Harbour Clean Up include the Confederation Bridge and the TD Friends of the Environment.

The Government of Prince Edward Island and the Aquaculture Alliance of PEI are also giving logistical support hauling away debris.

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The Nature Conservancy of Canada is the nation's leading land conservation organization, working to protect our most important natural areas and the species they sustain. Since 1962, NCC and its partners have helped to protect more than 2.7 million acres (1.1 million hectares), coast to coast.  In Prince Edward Island, the Nature Conservancy of Canada has protected over 4,700 acres. To learn more about our work in Prince Edward Island, please visit

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