A special fund at the Nanaimo Foundation provides much needed support to remove plastic waste from our waters

Thanks to a gift from the Stanley de Vos fund held at the Nanaimo Foundation, the Rugged Coast Research Society is one step closer to expanding its efforts in marine plastic removal and marine debris mapping.

The Rugged Coast team (RCRS) is comprised of marine industry professionals, marine biologists and entrepreneurs who share a passion for marine ecology and marine recreation. RCRS has been mapping plastic debris accumulation along the BC Coast since 2017. Marine plastic debris has been found in all locations, however, several locations contain significantly greater concentrations and are therefore priority areas for clean-up.

“The Rugged Coast Research Society’s efforts in marine debris mapping helps us to understand where plastic waste is coming from that results in our local waters,” says Renny Talbot, founder of the Rugged Coast Research Society. “This enables us to more effectively take action in the appropriate direction to minimize the plastics that are ending up in the ocean around Vancouver Island.”

The Stanley de Vos Fund has committed to matching all donations to the Rugged Coast Research Society up to a total of $15,500.

The Stanley de Vos Fund was established at the Nanaimo Foundation in 2014. This fund has supported a range of local needs including the 7-10 Club, Nanaimo Area Land Trust, and the Nanaimo Art Gallery. Each year the Stanley de Vos Fund selects local projects to support from their fund.

“As with each one of our donor advised funds, the Stanley de Vos Fund began with a donation and a vision to support our community in variety of ways.” says Laurie Bienert, executive director of the Nanaimo Foundation. “Over the last five years, this fund has grown with annual donations from the fund founders and investment income allowing it to make interesting and impactful grants in our community.”