Cowichan Bay Vessel Operating Restriction Regulation & Navigation Channel

The CVRD, Cowichan Tribes, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Transport Canada, RCMP, Living Rivers, and BC Wildlife Federation are partners in an initiative to protect eelgrass habitat in Cowichan Bay. A Federal Vessel Operation Restriction Regulation (VORR) has been established which designates areas in Cowichan Bay as off-limits to motorized vessels in order to protect eelgrass from harmful boating activities such as prop scarring and anchoring. In addition to the VORR, a marked navigation channel is proposed to improve boating safety and access to the Cowichan Bay Boat Launch and marinas in Cowichan Bay Village.

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