Health of marine life in question

I have been told by boaters that the marine environment around Victoria is in much poorer health than other areas

I have been told by boaters that the marine environment around Victoria, specifically the south end of the Saanich Peninsula, is in much poorer health in terms of sea life than areas farther from Victoria.

Those same people say the reason for this is the way we have been handling sewage over the years, and that the current system has not resulted in any improvement in the state of the oceans around the city.

What puzzles me is if the oceanographers at UVic say the current system is just fine, they must have a different view of the state of the oceans around Victoria, or at least a different view of its causes.

So, two questions.

Are the oceans around Victoria degraded compared to those around, for example, Sooke? And if so, what are the causes of that degraded state?

Thanks for the series. The people of the region need to understand the issues and this series will contribute to that.

Brent Beach

Saanich