Maybe I'll touch on it first in terms of our response capability and, as I mentioned at the very start, the increased monitoring capability that we're putting into our centre.
On the very first part of it, we're monitoring those vessels as they go through our waters. As I said to Mr. Hardie, Transport Canada is also looking more closely and inspecting those vessels. All that part is meant to help prevent spills and be better aware of the traffic going through our waters.
That is also being expanded through the oceans protection plan to allow other communities, including first nations communities, to have a better awareness of what traffic is going through their waters, or what they claim to be their waters. That awareness is very important for us to be better able to understand the risks going through our waters.
When and if something does happen, though, the initiatives we have to increase our environmental response capability, both currently and under the oceans protection plan, will help to deal with issues like the Nathan E. Stewart incident in Bella Bella.
We have a number of initiatives. One is to start to integrate first nations communities, particularly into the marine safety system but also into the environmental protection system, so that they can better support an incident response. That training is starting now, and we want to include as many communities across the west coast as possible. That initiative will eventually move across to other parts of Canada.
We are also increasing our environmental response capability, both in Prince Rupert and Port Hardy, where we're putting in another staff depot, near Bella Bella. While specifically we could put a depot anywhere across the west coast, we're looking at areas that we think are best able to help in responding to an incident.
From a monitoring point of view, better awareness of the traffic going through our waters, Transport Canada's role in increasing inspection for more risky types of vessels, and the increase in our response capability are all helping to reduce the risk from traffic on the west coast.