In Deep Bay there are dozens of erelict boats unfit for the water.
And the overnight sinking of at two boats is a concern for the local shellfish industry.
Pretty as a postcard, Deep Bay Marina on a sunny afternoon.
But heading out on the water, the view is marred by a cluster of neglected boats.
Local Regional Director, Bill Veenhoff, says it’s a concern.
“What we’ve got here is a nest of boats that we’ve been concerned about for quite some time.
They are either abandoned, or derelict.”
Despite a boom around the boats to contain possible fuel spills, the concern lies far below the surface.
“Indeed, last night two boats sank.
One was the Lorna Frost.
Which is about a 70 foot wooden tugboat.
And I’m speculating that it pulled a 30 foot sailboat down with it.”
Locals say the number of abandoned vessels is growing, and they want action.
In February, NDP MP Sheila Malcolmson re-introduced a private members bill to resolve the issue.
“Designate the Coast Guard to be one stop shopping, so we can eliminate this uncertainty, and for coastal communities resolve this problem once and for all.”
But that bill is still working its way through parliament.
Meanwhile, shellfish farmer Keith Reid says the boats are an environmental time bomb.
“We need exceptionally clean water, in order to grow the oysters in.
Any kind of environmental spill such as diesel oil or fuel oil will, could potentially close us down.”
Throwing sixty people out of work for at least a year.
For now, the Coast Guard is cleaning up any garbage.
But locals are hoping the boats that are still afloat, will stay that way.