Rex I totally agree with you . I was told a few years ago by Coast Guard Anchored vessels and mooring balls deemed a hazard to navigation can be removed but no one knows who has the authority to do so or the financing
and facilities . There is becoming a shortage of good safe anchorage anywhere on the south coast. Mooring balls are even a worse issue as vessels tied to them don't swing with the other boats at anchor. Almost all of them don't meet current
CG requirements . The plethora of false mooring balls off the shore of private property to prevent anchoring is out of control.The existing regs are not enforced because there is nobody to do it, I don't believe this is the case in the USA where for instance in Gig Harbor there are almost no Mooring Balls. Here is a reply from CG in 2007
Thank you for your comments regarding private mooring buoys.
The placement of private buoys in coastal, and interior
waters has grown
exponentially over the last few years. In the past placement of buoys was based
on voluntary compliance with the provisions of Private Buoy Regulations
subject to over-lapping jurisdictions. As a result these buoys went largely
This office is concerned primarily with the impact of these buoys on marine
navigation. If a buoy is found to be obstructing navigation, or otherwise not
in compliance with the Private Buoy Regulations
the owner is contacted and
directed to correct the situation. Often this proves difficult as the buoy may
not display any contact information. In such cases the buoy may be removed.
Recently, this department has been confirmed as federal government's lead
agency for the administration and enforcement of the Private Buoy Regulations.
Accordingly, we will be conducting
field assessments in order to determine levels of compliance in relation to
existing buoys, and identifying areas where enforcement action may be required.
Any assistance that you can provide regarding over utilized sites would be
Over the next few months we will be nvestigating such options as buoy
, public education and amendments to the existing regulations.
Again, thank you for bringing this importatnt issue to our attention.
Navigable Waters Protection/ Protection des eaux navigables
Transport Canada/Transports Canada