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Under the Wrecked, Abandoned or Hazardous Vessels Act, the following are illegal practices:

  • Abandoning your vessel
  • Failing to maintain your vessel so that it becomes a wreck
  • Sinking, stranding, or grounding your vessel on purpose
  • Leaving your vessel, without authorization, in poor condition in an area for more than 60 days without permission from the location owner
  • Leaving your vessel adrift for more than 48 hours without trying to secure it
  • Taking possession of a wreck before reporting it to the Receiver of Wreck (ROW), unless:
    • The wreck is in danger and needs to be secured or protected, or…
    • The ROW authorizes you to take possession.
  • Entering Canada with a wreck found outside of Canadian waters without reporting it to the ROW as soon as possible
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