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Fishing gear Entanglements and how to report them.

Plymouth - 17 Mar 19 General

A concern to boaters for many years and it has been on the RYA’s agenda for just as long. This is a big problem in the South West. We’ve all been there and seen a badly marked pot, missed it by a foot and thought thank god for that. Some however haven’t been so lucky.

The Plymouth Branch of the RNSA is keen for our members to actively report these issues a handy link is available below.

For many years the RYA has been concerned by reports of boaters who have experienced fouled propellers and entanglement with sea-fishing gear such as nets, pots and associated markers, flags and lines.

Proper marking

While fishing equipment cannot be charted, the RYA believes that it should be properly marked and lit so that it is visible by both day and night.
Legislation is focused on marking of static fishing gear for the purposes of identification rather than for collision avoidance. However this existing legislation, which requires fishing gear to be marked with the owner’s details, is often ignored. Self-evidently, it is almost impossible to take enforcement action against an absent owner who doesn’t identify himself.

Data needed for evidence

Evidence of the danger that poorly marked static sea-fishing gear causes to the boater is however scarce. The RYA has data from forms submitted to it by boaters in the late 2000s, but fresh data is urgently required if the extent of the problem is to be demonstrated to the relevant government agencies.

The RYA has therefore developed a simple online reporting form, which boaters can complete to help to collate quantitative data to support boaters’ concerns.

Please report any incident you are involved in to the RYA and encourage other boaters to do the same. Without input from boaters we will never have the necessary data to demonstrate the danger of poorly marked static sea-fishing gear.

The RYA Fishing Gear Incident Reporting Form can be reached and shared using the link below.

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