West Sea Otter weather buoy provides critical weather data when deciding whether or not to cross Queen Charlotte Sound. We don’t like to go when it’s reporting seas in excess of 1.5 meters. Unfortunately, West Sea Otter was inoperable beginning May 11, 2014.
Environment Canada operates the buoy and did not know why it stopped functioning. Since Environment Canada doesn’t have their own fleet of buoy tenders, the repair of West Sea Otter had to be coordinated with the Coast Guard. In November the Canadian Coast Guard made it out to West Sea Otter and repaired the buoy. Hopefully this important weather station will continue operating as boats begin heading north next spring.