Lob­ster pot sur­vey and pe­ti­tion re­launched fol­low­ing elec­tion

Practical Boat Owner - - News -

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

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