COASTGUARD service reforms were discussed by MPs in the House of Commons.
Brixham Coastguard Station is earmarked for closure in November next year and the MP for the town, Sarah Wollaston, spoke at the debate in Westminster Hall.
The debate was based on a report on the impact of the reforms published by the Transport Select Committee and was an opportunity to put concerns to the shipping minister.
The Coastguard, Emergency Towing Vessels and the Maritime Incident Response Group report reviews the issues raised by implementation of the government's revised proposals to modernise the coastguard service.
It has highlighted problems of low morale and loss of experienced staff with local knowledge through station closure and amalgamation.
Dr Wollaston said: "It remains a matter of profound regret Brixham Coastguard Rescue Centre will be closed. I would like to pay tribute to the staff for the service and for their assistance in the transition period. I urge the minister to recognise the value of their skills and ensure that they are not lost at the end of this process."
Committee chairman Louise Ellman MP said the coastguard service has an essential role in protecting safety at sea and the committee has received 'worrying information' about the impact of recent reforms.