MA Boaters Respond to Buoy-Removal Proposal


Martha’s Vineyard Gazette reports that Coast Guard heard from a group of Martha’s Vineyard boaters on Thursday, Sept. 22, who voiced their concerns about proposed changes or removal of 43 navigation buoys. Among the buoys that could be removed are the channel markers in Robinsons Hole and red nun No.”4” off West Chop, which warns mariners of a set of treacherous rocks.

A Coast Guard official explained that the reasoning behind removal of the Robinsons Hole buoys was to discourage boaters from using the passage. The Coast Guard would prefer boaters to use the wider (and busier) Quicks Hole passage.

In May, the Coast Guard proposed removing 31 buoys in Vineyard Sound, Nantucket Sound and Buzzards Bay.

Read more about the reaction to the Coast Guard’s proposal to remove 31 buoys from the waters of Southeastern Massachusetts.