A number of waterfowl affected by fuel spill in English Bay
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VANCOUVER – The City of Vancouver says “a number of waterfowl” have been impacted by the fuel spill in English Bay.
They are currently being stabilized and treated.
Assistant Commissioner for the Canadian Coast Guard, Roger Girouard, said at a news conference on Friday that four oiled birds had been captured and are being treated.
The Province, Ministry of Environment, Western Canada Marine Response, and non-governmental organizations, including Oiled Wildlife Society and Focus Wildlife are on scene actively responding to wildlife affected by the spill.
To report any wildlife in distress:
Phone 604-873-7000 and provide the following information about the animal:
- Where it’s located
- Species (if known)
- Its condition and behaviour
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The city says for the health and safety of yourself and wildlife, do not attempt to capture any oiled wildlife.
The media has not yet been given access to the oiled birds, but the Wildlife Rescue Association did provide some photos as they are caring for three birds.
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The federal government says the formal oil spill recovery and cleanup on the shoreline will begin Friday afternoon. Initial efforts in the City of Vancouver will be concentrated in English Bay and Stanley Park, which will require a temporary closure of the Seawall around Siwash Rock.
The Western Canada Marine Response Corporation (WCMRC), as directed by the Canadian Coast Guard, will be coordinating shoreline cleanup.
The city says they appreciate the offers of help from citizen volunteers and it will continue to work with the federal and provincial authorities to find ways volunteers can help as the cleanup continues.
However, citizens are urged to stay away from the beaches and water and keep pets out of the water.
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