My recent eNEWS below has prompted several Members to recount their experiences of encountering poorly marked fishing nets. I open this topic to enable Members to share and discuss with others how they see this on going problem.
RYA HAMPERED BY LACK OF REPORTS OF POORLY MARKED FISHING GEAR
Although the Cruising Association obtained over 3,000 signatures for it’s petition to DEFRA to require fishermen to mark their gear properly, the RYA has only received some 85 actual reports incidents although there is plenty of anecdotal evidence of many more.
Below are extracts from the RYA news item:-
“The RYA takes the view that unless the petition is underpinned by data, it may be seen by the Government as an emotive demand for action based on nothing more than opinion rather than factual informatiom”.
“The RYA have had direct discussions with DEFRA and MMO who have made it clear that they would need solid evidence clearly demonstrating that the safety risk and/or cost of poorly marked fishing gear is unacceptable before taking action”.
Here my input, although, touch wood, I not suffered fouling fishing gear I have had some very near misses.
In and around Weymouth Bay there are numerous pots marked with small floats of various shapes & sizes, very few have flag markers. There are some very close the the approaches to the harbour, approachingin the dark is risky. Ringstead bay is littered with strings of bouys which are difficult to in any swell, and Newton Cove, to the s.west of the harbour entrance, has lots of bouys.
Further away off the east coast, off the Naze, Walton, lots of poorly marked pots. Made made very ‘interesting’ as strong tides drags the bouys under.