Environmental Response

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The Environmental Response Branch is made up of a dedicated team of professionals who work to ensure the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) is prepared to fulfill its mandate of "Protecting the Marine Environment"

The Branch maintains three Response Centres located at the CCG Bases in Victoria, Prince Rupert and Richmond. Environmental Response Duty Officers are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. CCG is the first line of inspection following receipt of marine pollution incidents within the Region. They ensure all reports of marine pollution are investigated and that an appropriate response is undertaken.

To support any spill response operations that may be undertaken by CCG, the Branch provides specialized training to CCG personnel and conducts regular environmental response exercises to test and evaluate the level of preparedness. In addition, it prepares a Regional Marine Spills Contingency Plan to describe the who and the how marine environment response operations will be carried out.

The Environmental Response Branch relies on a number of government and private sector partners to help meets its goal. Some examples within the Pacific Region are Environment Canada, the BC Ministry of Environment, Port Metro Vancouver and the Western Canada Marine Response Corporation.