Icebreaking on Georgian Bay, near Fisher Harbour, Ontario

News release

January 10, 2020

Sarnia, Ontario – The Canadian Coast Guard advises residents near Fisher Harbour, Ontario that the CCGS Griffon  is conducting icebreaking operations in the area on or around January 11-13, 2020. The purpose of this annual operation is to break up the ice in order to allow commercial vessels safe and efficient movement.

It is recommended that all traffic on the ice, including pedestrians, fishers, snowmobilers, and all-terrain vehicle (ATV) operators, leave the ice during icebreaking operations. The ice may move, creating a real danger for anyone on it. Additionally, plan activities carefully and use extreme caution after operations are complete as the ice will remain unstable even once the icebreaker has left the area.

Coast Guard icebreaking service on the Great Lakes and connecting waterways is delivered through close co-operation between the Canadian and United States Coast Guards. By working together, the two Coast Guards ensure scheduled vessel traffic can move through the shipping channels and in and out of community harbours. Vessels will be assigned as needed to provide this service.

The date and assets are subject to change with no notice, as activities could begin before or after that period, depending on operational requirements or weather conditions.

Further information on the Canadian/U.S. Coast Guard icebreaking partnership can be viewed, here.

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Contacts

Lauren Solski
Communications Advisor
Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
519-383-1909
Lauren.Solski@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Central and Arctic Region
204-984-4715
Xca.media@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

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