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RCMP participate in multi agency marine law enforcement blitz

Nelson Daily Staff
By Nelson Daily Staff
August 13th, 2011

The Osoyoos RCMP along with Transport Canada and Dept of Fisheries and Oceans will be on Osoyoos Lake to team up for a boating safety enforcement blitz this weekend.

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans is also deploying a patrol vessel to conduct boating and angling checks.

“The purpose of this multi-agency effort is to promote the responsible shared use of the lake and to ensure applicable regulations and laws are followed. With the hot weather, boaters are flocking to local lakes and rivers,” stated Chris Marrie, Boating Safety Officer of Transport Canada Marine.

Boaters are reminded that it is paramount to wear an approved flotation device, whenever heading out onto a waterway. Officers will be checking for required safety equipment and documentation, including lifejackets, operator cards, vessel registration and fishing licences.

“The RCMP will have a zero tolerance for boat operators found operating a vessel while their ability to do so is impaired by alcohol,” said Cpl Dan Moskaluk

Boat operators are reminded to operate with safe speed for the conditions and to always maintain a proper lookout. Officers will also be checking commercial/non-pleasure vessels for compliance with the Canada Shipping Act 2001.

Fishery Officers from Kamloops and Salmon Arm will be assisting. In addition to the boating safety issues, Fishery Officers will also be conducting enforcement patrols on the Osoyoos Lake Aboriginal fishery and recreational fishery.

The Recreational Sockeye Fishery is opening from August 13-28.

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