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12 May 2017
RYA reminds boaters to report entanglements

Fishing gear that poses a hazard to navigation because it cannot be readily seen has been a concern to boaters for many years and it has been on the RYA’s agenda for just as long.  If there was a simple solution to the problem, the RYA would have fixed it a long time ago. 

Legislation focuses on the marking of fishing gear for identification purposes and not for collision avoidance, which is of course the RYA’s main concern. There is a general marking requirement in UK legislation...

18 Mar 2017
Exe estuary users invited to share views on new voluntary exclusion zones

Following the public consultation meetings in December 2016 and February 2017 inviting local users of the Exe Estuary to help inform the review of codes of conduct and zonation on the Exe, the Exe Estuary Management Partnership (EEMP) are inviting local users to share their views on the revisions of exclusion zones in a further series of public consultation meetings.

With the wide variety of activities taking place on the Exe, the EEMP is working with local users and communities to...

29 Jan 2017
Lancaster Canal sea lock £33,000 winter makeover

A historic sea lock on the Lancaster Canal at Glasson Dock is undergoing a five week refurbishment, thanks to a £33,000 winter works package by the Canal & River Trust. 

The charity, which cares for 2,000 miles of waterways, carries out an annual programme of restoration and repairs to the nation’s waterways during the winter to minimise the inconvenience of navigation closures to boaters during the busy summer season. 

The lock dates back to 1824 and is a scheduled...

15 Dec 2016

Following a public consultation between December 2015 and March 2016, the Department for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) Marine and Fisheries Division in Northern Ireland has designated four new Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs).

The new MCZs are intended to protect clams in Belfast Lough, the habitat of rare black guillemots on Rathlin Island, one of Ireland’s largest seagrass meadows located off the coast of Waterfoot in Co Antrim, and a community of sea pens – a...

29 Jun 2016
Ocean Cleanup Launches Boomy McBoomface

The Ocean Cleanup, the Dutch foundation developing technologies to rid the oceans of plastic, has unveiled its North Sea prototype. The prototype will become the first ocean cleanup system ever tested at sea. 

The prototype will be installed in the North Sea, 12 nautical miles off the Dutch coast, where it will remain for one year. The objective is to test how The Ocean Cleanup’s floating barrier fares in extreme weather at sea – the kind of conditions the system will eventually face...

16 Apr 2016
Q&A with Martyn Heighton - Director of National Historic Ships UK

After recently launching a Veterans Appeal to find descendants of those who lived, worked, served or owned vessels from the First World War, Martyn Heighton, Director of National Historic Ships UK, talks exclusively to Blue Sheets about the campaign and what he hopes to achieve.

How long have you worked with National Historic Ships UK?

MH: Since January 2006. I was appointed for 2 years as there was no guarantee that National Historic Ships would be...

27 Mar 2016

As part of its WW1 centenary project, National Historic Ships UK launched a Veterans Appeal, with the aim of finding descendants of those who lived, worked, served or owned any of the craft on the National Register of Historic Vessels during the First World War.

National Historic Ships UK is a government funded, independent organisation giving objective advice to UK governments and local authorities, funding bodies and the historic ships sector on all matters relating to historic...

16 Mar 2016
A new guide for inland sailing clubs to celebrate five years of Check Clean Dry!

The Green Blue has developed a new green guide to help inland sailing clubs consider what they can put in place to carry out Check Clean approach for boat that move between freshwater sailing venues.

Since the launch of the Check Clean Dry campaign in 2011, The Green Blue and the RYA has provided a wealth of information and guidance to inland and coastal clubs about the steps they can take to minimise the spread of invasive non-native species (INNS).

INNS are animals and...

18 Jan 2016
Marine Conservation Zones - second tranche designated

Following public consultation the Government has announced the designation of the second tranche of Marine Conservation Zones and has confirmed plans for the third tranche of sites.

The outcome of the consultation, which took place in early 2015 and gathered over 9,000 responses, has seen 23 sites in English waters designated as Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs). All of the sites within the consultation were considered suitable for designation.

The new sites protect 4,155...

20 Dec 2015
Consultation opens on new Northern Irish Marine Conservation Zones

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan announces four new Marine Conservation Zones for consultation

Everyone with an interest in our seas is invited to give their views on whether four sites in Northern Irish waters should become Marine Conservation Zones. The four proposed sites (pMCZs) are Rathlin, Waterfoot, Outer Belfast and Carlingford Lough.  

Our position

The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) and the Royal Yachting Association Northern...

18 Dec 2015
Leading the Solent oyster revival

When Land Rover BAR began to build their new home on the waterfront in Portsmouth, the team identified a threat to the natural ecosystem on their doorstep. The Solent had once supported an oyster trade worth millions of pounds, but in the last few years has seen a rapid decline in the native oyster population, and the subsequent collapse of the oyster fishery in the area. 

It might seem unusual for a sports team like Land Rover BAR to be involved in a project like this, but...

16 Dec 2015
‘Amazing survivor’ acquired by National Museum of the Royal Navy

From rescuing fallen airmen in the Second World War, to a much-loved ferry service, Rescue Motor Launch (RML) 497 has now become a museum treasure, joining the National Museum of the Royal Navy NMRN) family for all to see.

Head of Heritage Development at the NMRN, Nick Hewitt, said: “I am absolutely thrilled that the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has supported us in acquiring RML 497. She’s an amazing survivor, full of original features and still fully operational, which is incredible...