Government needs to address the environmental fallout from natural resource development, participants in a national survey told Transport Canada officials.
Four focus groups held in Nanaimo and Vancouver came up with several suggestions to improve confidence in marine safety to support increased shipping traffic along the province's coast, particularly oil tankers shipping fuel to Asia.
They include the development of an airtraffic control system to guide ships into Canadian ports from 200 nautical miles off the Canadian coast.
"Many felt strongly that if anything, the federal government needed to do more, rather than less, in this area, as they had perceived it."
The participants in the four focus groups also suggested a third-party inspection regime for ships.
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