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Sailors and powerboaters are being urged to log issues and entanglements with fishing gear. Since the launch of the RYA’s online form in May 2017, just 85 reports have been submitted despite considerable anecdotal evidence that incidents occur much more frequently. The reporting of 58 entanglements and 27 observations has proved useful in identifying hotspots around the country and the RYA has published a ‘heat map’ of poorly marked fishing gear based on the incident reports.
The RYA’s fishing gear entanglement report provides a simple to complete electronic form in an attempt to collate quantitative data to support boaters’ concerns.
A petition recently launched by the Cruising Association urges the Minister of State (DEFRA) to improve the way static fishing gear is marked for the safety of all small craft at sea. With over 3,200 signatures to date it is evident that boaters feel strongly about this issue, but unless the petition is underpinned by data, it may simply be seen by Government as an emotive demand for action based on nothing more than opinion rather than factual evidence.
The online reporting form is readily available on the RYA website at www.rya.org.uk/go/entanglements.
A map of reported entanglements around the UK and Irish coast