Helping vulnerable shorelines thrive
Boughton Island, located near Cardigan in eastern Prince Edward Island, is a true treasure on Canada’s East Coast. Uninhabited since the Second World War, it has existed without any significant development or human interference for more than 60 years, allowing wildlife to live and breed on the island.
Boughton Island is a popular destination for residents and tourists who enjoy picnicking, kayaking, birding and going for beach walks here. A hot spot for both humans and wildlife, it is critical that Boughton Island is well-maintained. Each winter, storms strand plastics and marine debris on the island’s shoreline. Thanks to ongoing stewardship from NCC through our Conservation Volunteers (CV) program, regular beach cleanups at Boughton ensure that vulnerable shorebird habitat is protected.
At a 2016 CV event on the island, volunteers collected plastics and marine debris, including 800 large buoys. The buoys were removed and recycled with the help of NCC staff, volunteers and local members of the aquaculture industry.
The protection of Boughton Island is a priority for NCC, to ensure this PEI jewel remains pristine for both wildlife and people to enjoy.