Boaters urged to report pot snags
RYA launches online form to collect data on fishing gear entanglement
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