Boaters urged to re­port pot snags

RYA launches online form to col­lect data on fish­ing gear en­tan­gle­ment

Motorboat & Yachting - - UK News -

The Royal Yacht­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (RYA) is urg­ing boaters who have be­come en­tan­gled in fish­ing gear to re­port it.

Data on en­tan­gle­ments is poor and lacks de­tail, says the RYA. At a re­cent meet­ing of the Mar­itime and Coast­guard Agency UK Safety of Nav­i­ga­tion com­mit­tee, it be­came ap­par­ent that new data is needed to demon­strate the danger of poorly marked fish­ing gear to recre­ational boaters. Anec­do­tal in­for­ma­tion doesn’t quan­tify the prob­lem.

In re­sponse, the RYA has up­graded its old paper re­port­ing sys­tem for a quicker, sim­pler online form.

RYA cruis­ing man­ager Stu­art Car­ruthers said, “The RYA pro­vides boaters with a re­port­ing mech­a­nism, but for it to gen­er­ate data which shows that the re­al­ity of the prob­lem is as sig­nif­i­cant as the con­cerns that peo­ple voice, we need boaters who have ex­pe­ri­enced an en­tan­gle­ment to com­plete the form.”

Leg­is­la­tion cur­rently fo­cuses on the mark­ing of fish­ing gear for ID pur­poses, not for col­li­sion avoid­ance. The RYA points out that even if this leg­is­la­tion was ad­e­quately en­forced, the prob­lem would re­main that gear needs to be marked so it can be seen.

Poorly marked fish­ing gear is a recog­nised haz­ard but nu­mer­i­cal data is needed

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