CA lob­ster pot pe­ti­tion re­launch

Practical Boat Owner - - News -

Ape­ti­tion launched by the Cruis­ing As­so­ci­a­tion to make mark­ing of lob­ster pots safer is to be re­launched after it was shut down by the Gov­ern­ment un­til after the Gen­eral Elec­tion.

The CA’s pe­ti­tion hit a nerve with the boat­ing pub­lic, as not only did the pe­ti­tion re­ceive nearly 6,000 sig­na­tures in two weeks, but the CA re­ceived hun­dreds of emails from peo­ple in the UK and world­wide telling of their ex­pe­ri­ences. Not only were boats se­verely dam­aged – some un­re­cov­er­able – but hun­dreds of lives were put at risk when their boats be­came en­tan­gled in the lob­ster pot teth­ers.

Boat­ing peo­ple from as far afield as Nova Sco­tia, Aus­tralia and Scot­land con­tacted the CA about in­ci­dents they had suf­fered. The CA has been work­ing to es­tab­lish a con­sen­sus amongst in­ter­ested par­ties, in­clud­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tives of fish­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions as well as the RYA, RNLI and oth­ers.

A CA spokesper­son said: ‘Many in­ci­dents go un­re­ported. We need to demon­strate the scale and cost of the prob­lem.’

The RYA re­cently launched a re­port­ing form which aims to bring all the nec­es­sary in­for­ma­tion to­gether.

The CA asks all sup­port­ing its cam­paign to: n Re­port in­ci­dents to the CA at: www.theca.org.uk and the RYA at: www.rya.org.uk/go/ en­tan­gle­ments. n Sign the pe­ti­tion once it is live again as pre­vi­ous votes can’t be car­ried over. n Tell your friends, fam­ily and club mem­bers about it. n Visit the CA stand, J419, at the Southamp­ton Boat Show. For more Southamp­ton Boat Show news, check out our show pre­view, from page 76.

A lob­ster pot line en­tan­gled in a yacht’s stern gear

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