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Over 50 illegal buoys pulled from Shuswap lakes

Image Credit: Columbia-Shuswap Regional District
November 04, 2019 - 3:15 PM

Over 50 buoys were removed and almost 200 tagged as non-compliant, following a four-day blitz on two Shuswap area lakes.

Transport Canada removed 53 buoys from Shuswap and Mara Lakes during an enforcement effort Oct. 21 to 25, according to a media release from the Columbia-Shuswap Regional District.

The proliferation of buoys on Shuswap and Mara Lakes has been a continual source of public complaints to both the Regional District and Transport Canada.

The majority of the buoys removed had previously been tagged as non-compliant giving owners time to rectify the situation prior to removal.

Transport Canada also tagged a further 186 buoys as non-compliant in the North Shuswap and they will be the target of future enforcement efforts.

In 2018, Regional District bylaw officers along with Transport Canada removed 27 buoys from Scotch Creek and Magna Bay, along with 26 from Mara Lake over a three-day period.

High water levels prevented buoys being removed from Bruhn Bridge in Sicamous as planned.

The release states buoys can be removed for not following regulations regarding size, colour and identification. Buoys not following the regulations can be a safety hazard to boaters and other lake users.

More information on Transport Canada's buoy regulations can be found here.

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