Arrow Post no longer dedicated to patrolling Haida Gwaii waters

  • Fri Nov 21st, 2014 7:00am
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For the first time in decades, Haida Gwaii has no dedicated patrol vessel.The Canadian Coast Guard ship Arrow Post, which used to patrol around the islands, is no longer deployed in the area, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans has confirmed. The ship is now being used through the Pacific Region.”The ship is currently being utilized as Conservation and Protection’s primary vessel as we implement a new Marine Patrol Program,” said DFO strategic media relations advisor Leri Davies. “As of the beginning of this year, two shifts of fishery officers have been working a 14 on/14 off shift, providing daily patrol coverage throughout the Pacific Region on the Post.”Prior to 2014, the Arrow Post was primarily tasked to conduct fisheries enforcement in the waters in and around Haida Gwaii although was used on larger enforcement operations and throughout the North Coast when required, Ms. Davies said.In 2014, Fishery Officers have provided approximately 300 days of patrol coverage in Canadian Pacific Ocean waters aboard the Arrow Post, she said.