The Great Fundy Coastal Cleanup

Event Details

August 17th, 2019, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Pendleton Island (Faux Passage), New Brunswick
Infrastructure / Site Cleanup

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is joining the Nature Trust of New Brunswick (NTNB) for their fourth annual Great Fundy Coastal Cleanup. This event, organized by NTNB, has contributions from many other great organizations around New Brunswick for a large-scale, one-day marine debris cleanup event at 20 sites in and around the Bay of Fundy.

We will be organizing a team to help cleanup our beautiful Pendleton Island Nature Reserve. We will be boating over to the island and collecting marine debris that accumulates on the shores and threatens the marine wildlife.

If you’d like to carpool to the event, please click here to add your car or join a ride going to the event.

Please email the event contact to join the waiting list.

More Information

About Pendleton Island (Faux Passage)

Pendleton Island is a unique 303 acre (123 ha.), uninhabited nature reserve. As part of the Deer Island archipelago, the area separates Passamaquoddy Bay from the southwest section of the Bay of Fundy. The property is mostly made up of a coastal forests, wetlands and beaches, providing habitat for white-tail deer, great blue heron and the endangered monarch butterfly. Offshore waters support seasonal populations of harbour porpoise, white-side dolphin, minke whale, occasional fin and humpback whales, and harbour seal.

What you will be doing

You will spend the day restoring the area by cleaning up as much garbage from the shoreline of Pendleton Island as possible. Pendleton is what we call a “collector beach” and accumulates large amounts of marine debris that washes up from the surrounding bay. You will gather the debris and separating it into waste and recyclables. We will record all items found to the Huntsman Marine Science Centre and the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup — an initiative of the Vancouver Aquarium and World Wildlife Fund to clean Canadian shorelines and collect data about marine and aquatic debris.

Why you will love it

This is a huge event coordinated by the Nature Trust of New Brunswick, dedicated to cleaning and celebrating our beautiful Bay of Fundy. Pendleton Island is only one of the many nature reserves along the coast being cleaned by volunteers and is a beautiful island with beach overlooking Passamaquody Bay. You will travel to the island by boat and may see seals and a variety of shorebirds along the way. The data collected contributes to ocean conservation research across Canada and around the world!


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Please Note

We will be travelling to Pendleton Island by boat for the event, you must be comfortable riding in boats and getting wet. Lifejackets are mandatory and will be provided.

Work will proceed rain or shine, unless there is heavy rain or lightening, in which case volunteers will be contacted by phone. Driving directions and parking information will be provided in the participant package to those that register.

For more information on this event, you can visit NTNB’s website.

People of all fitness levels can participate
No toilets on site
Carpooling can be arranged
All tools will be provided by NCC
Water and snacks will be provided

We would like to thank the Nature Trust of New Brunswick for coordinating this event, and other partner organizations for their contribution. We would also like to thank NB Wildlife Trust Fund and the NB Environmental Trust Fund for funding this event.

Item Checklist

While we do our best to provide you with the tools you need to participate, please bring the following items if you have them:

  • Work clothing (warm layers)
  • Closed-toe shoes (shoes you don't mind getting wet and dirty)
  • Work gloves (if you want to bring your own)
  • Reusable water bottle filled
  • Lunch
  • Any necessary medication