The MLA for Nanaimo has accepted a new posting from the Premier.

Sheila Malcolmson will act as a special advisor to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change on marine debris protection.

Malcolmson says derelict boats and discarded plastics pollute our waterways and put boater safety at risk.

George Heymen says his ministry has begun planning measures to further reduce plastic waste and Malcolmson will play an important role in that work.

She will make recommendations for a provincial action plan, in coordination with the federal government, to eliminate the environmental threats caused by derelict vessels.

She expected to examine the feasibility of a “cash for clunkers” program for derelict vessels or those at the end of their useful life and will make recommendations to curb the disposal of plastics in the marine environment.