The Cruising Association Lobster Pots and Yacht Safety Campaign in the UK

The Cruising Association Lobster Pots and Yacht Safety Campaign in the UK

A petition launched by CA to make lobster pot marking safer is live again after it was shut down by the Government until after the General Election.

By Daria Blackwell - 18/11/2017

In the spring of 2017, the Cruising Association launched a petition to make lobster pot markers safer for small craft. In two weeks they had 6,000 signatures and numerous reports of boats being caught up in lobster pot chains and ropes. The Government’s petitions office shut down the petition when the General Election was announced, losing all 6,000 signatures. It had been thought that the signatures would be preserved when the petition was resurrected but this was not the case.

The petition was relaunched at the Southampton Boat Show in September. They have just over 5,400 signatures this time as those who signed the petition earlier thought their ‘vote’ would be carried through. This was not the case. If you signed in the spring, you need to sign again now to make your vote count.

If you support the campaign:

- sign the petition (only UK citizens can sign)
- report incidents to lobsterpots@theca.org.uk
- fill in the new RYA form

Visit the CA website with details of how to sign the petition by clicking on the link below.

Photo credit RNLI - incident reported in PBO. July 8, 2010


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