A UCBC Stewardship Project
The UCBC Mooring Buoys are looking to be stewarded by Individual Divers, Dive Clubs or Dive Shops.
The one downside to our glorious emerald sea is that it is chock full of nutrients which encourage encrusting growth on mooring lines. As mussels, tubeworms and barnacles accumulate on the line, they add a tremendous amount of weight to the system which causes the buoy to become unbalanced and even start to sink.
Not only does this render the buoy useless to divers but it poses a risk to boaters who can't see the buoy just below the surface.
In order to keep this growth in check, volunteer divers must visit each buoy on a regular basis and remove the encrusting growth.
What's involved in Mooring Buoy Maintenance?
- Inspecting the top connection of the mooring buoy for corrosion or failing components (shackles, lines, etc.)
- Descending on the mooring line, making use of the Line Mussles Scraper to clear a path through the mussels on the way down
- Inspecting the bottom connection (mid-float, shackles, chain)
- Going for a fun dive on these beautiful sites which are Rockfish Conservation Areas, partially in thanks to the UCBC Mooring Buoys
- Returning to the buoy line and cleaning the remaining growth on the way up. Your safety stop is a great place to clear the bulk of the growth since mussels prefer to grow in the top 3 meters of water
All Adopted Mooring Buoys will continue to be owned and managed by the Underwater Council of British Columbia.