Western Stevedoring is committed to protecting the environment in which we operate, through pollution prevention, protection of biodiversity and ecosystems, waste reduction, and minimization of our consumption of resources, all while providing our customers with the highest level of service in line with their Health, Safety, Quality and Environment (HSQE) requirements.
Western Stevedoring and its tenants, specifically PIM, consider themselves to be stewards of Cowichan Bay. We are aware of sensitivities of the ecosystem and have operated responsibly on this site for more than 30 years. At the same time, we have worked with numerous groups to assist with environmental issues, including the Department of Fisheries & Oceans (DFO), Cowichan First Nations, Bird Watchers, Naturalist groups and other community groups. We believe our collective efforts have produced a net environmental gain to the estuary.
|| PIM has been involved in rescuing or removing a number of boats (approx. 20) over the years, preventing possible fuel spills in Cowichan Bay and protecting fish and wildlife in the Cowichan Bay estuary.
Western Stevedoring assisted Cowichan Tribes with the necropsy of a deceased whale, and has helped care for Chinook fry. We have also supported the work of Cowichan Valley Naturalists, the Cowichan Estuary Restoration and Conservation Association and other groups including breaching the causeway to support salmon migration and creating and maintaining nature trails. We are proud of this work and these relationships.
In addition, our tenant, Pacific Industrial Marine builds floating docks and bridges that allow light into the water in a way that allows eelgrass and marine life to flourish, have built a kayak ramp and dock, as well as hired a biologist to map eelgrass to ensure transporting bridges and docks by water doesn’t disturb ecologically sensitive areas.