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General · 15th September 2009
Claire Trevena
Coastal Lighthouse Destaffing Must be Stopped -- Trevena

Victoria - The Federal Government plan to de-staff 27 light stations on the West Coast is dangerous and should be stopped according to North Island MLA, Claire Trevena.

Coast Guard officials say they are in discussions with staff on automating all the light stations.

“Lightkeepers are a vital part in the security of everyone on the coast,” said Trevena. “They are at the frontline for safety, they work with search and rescue and provide round the clock weather reporting.

“Talk to anyone who lives, works or plays on our coast and they know that it is absurd to try to automate all light stations. The skills lightkeepers bring to the coast simply cannot be replaced by equipment.”
The stations set to be automated in the North Island are: Cape Mudge, Chatham Point, Pulteney Point, Scarlett Point, Pine Island, Cape Scott, and Nootka.

Seven times each day lightkeepers prepare a report of current marine weather conditions. Each report includes information on sky condition, visibility, precipitation, wind speed and direction, wave height, and ocean swell height and direction. This information is transmitted to the Coast Guard radio station where it is put on the continuous Marine Broadcast VHF weather channel.

Five of the reports also contain aviation weather information about clouds, air temperature and dew point for use by aircraft.

Contact: Kathy Smail 250-287-5100

Kathy Smail, Constituency Assistant

Office of Claire Trevena, MLA
North Island
908 Island Highway
Campbell River, BC V9W 2C3

Phone (250) 287-5100
Tollfree (866) 387-5100
Fax (250) 287-5105