Was any tagging of buoys undertaken last fall on the east side of Anstey Arm and north of Sicamous? These members are concerned that, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, they are being discouraged from travelling between Alberta and BC and thus will not, in the foreseeable future, be able to find out if their buoys had been tagged.
TC Response: TC did not tag any buoys in Anstey Arm or the area from Bastion Bay northbound last year.
As a follow-up question, has Transport Canada scheduled any further inspection trips to Shuswap Lake for the spring and early summer of 2020?
TC Response: Due to COVID-19, we have not scheduled any further inspections for the foreseeable future.
A number of members have raised concerns regarding the info required to identify the owner of buoys that otherwise meet the regulation. They are specifically concerned with the detail (name and address) of the owner and how the public display of this information could expose them to security concerns at the place of residence. Is there a way, such as having the information stamped onto a less conspicuous stainless steel plate that is attached to the buoy, that would be acceptable?
TC Response: Contact information required to be on the buoy should include a name and phone number. An address is not required. This is so that the owner can be notified of any issues that arise from the buoy. A stainless steel plate with name and phone number is acceptable as long as it is there when we conduct compliance inspections. They don’t fade in the sun or wash off. The letters PRIV are still required.
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