Noisy shrimp boat investigated

Concerns have been raised bout noise allegedly coming from a barge fishing mysis shrimp on Okanagan Lake

The City of Vernon is delving through bureaucracy to determine its role in a noise complaint.

Concerns have been raised from some residents about noise allegedly coming from a barge fishing mysis shrimp on Okanagan Lake.

“It’s licensed by provincial fisheries (department) to be on the lake and do what they are doing,”  Clint Kanester, the city’s protective services manager, told council Monday.

Beyond the provincial government, federal regulations also apply to the lake.

“We’re not sure if our (noise) bylaw would be applicable because it’s a barge and not a boat per se.”

City staff will investigate the issue further and report back to council.

However, Coun. Juliette Cunningham isn’t pleased that provincial and federal officials apparently haven’t been making themselves available to residents.

“It would be frustrating for a resident who has concerns not to get a response from the appropriate agency,” she said.

The shrimp fishery company could not be reached for comment.