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Old 05-09-2008, 10:26 PM   #1
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New Proposed Marine Bill

The Government are proposing to bring out a New Marine Bill (see below) with a view to protect Marine Habitat among many other proposals. Make of this what you will but you can guarantee that the Greens will be lobbying VERY hard on this matter with obvious consequences for hobbies such as ours.

"The draft Marine Bill is a first for the UK. It will provide for the protection of our seas and will enhance our ability to balance the pressures on them. And it will create a healthier, productive and more biologically diverse marine environment. The draft Marine Bill sets out in legislation the proposals which were widely supported last year in ‘A Sea Change’ (the Marine Bill White Paper). We are publishing our proposals in draft to enable public scrutiny which will help ensure that the legislation we put to Parliament is as good as possible.

At the heart of our proposals is a new marine planning system which will enable us to take a strategic approach to managing activities in our waters. It will benefit all those who use our seas and will be important for securing the maximum sustainable benefits from our marine resources whilst ensuring we can provide proper protection for them. There are new powers to enable us to put in place a network of marine conservation zones to protect marine life. There are also important reforms to a range of marine, migratory and freshwater fisheries management arrangements. New marine licensing rules will also be created, together with a new organisation to bring together many of these new arrangements, so as to ensure better marine management".
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Old 06-09-2008, 08:59 AM   #2
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I don't see any problems.

The exclusion zones we had on RB8 in my book were fine it adds to the navigation after all if there had been a ship wreck or a pile of rocks on the course we would navigate around the hazard. if we work with them as you did on RB8 it may enhance the sport after all the sea is very large.
Systems such as marine track will only get better as time goes on so as to enforce.

By the way over the last couple of months i've had many new and old friends comment on how useful marine track was to watch our progress, even a local school tracked us.
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Old 06-09-2008, 09:15 AM   #3
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Maybe its my suspicion of Government and the Greens, you have no idea what we went through the three weeks prior to the race. They (the greens) really got it on and the RYA were inundated with huge amounts of mail and phone calls calling us all sorts of names. It was hugely stressful for everyone involved, they are a very influential bunch hence my suspicions here. We even had veiled threats as to what they would do to the boats in various ports (Milford Haven) and so on.

It is this particular sentence that worries us, New marine licensing rules will also be created, together with a new organisation to bring together many of these new arrangements, so as to ensure better marine management".
This means another Quango and the usual bunch of people, un-elected, running it (Greens)and I don't think I am crying Wolf when I say I would suspect that we would have to get permission to race anywhere from them, but no doubt the Yachties would not be affected, as usual.
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We even had veiled threats as to what they would do to the boats in various ports (Milford Haven) and so on.
What, like tampering with navigational equipment?
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What, like tampering with navigational equipment?
Either that or you had someone who didn't taken kindly to you doing so well on the 1st leg!!
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Enviros & Greens already have the vote won. It's in govenment at grass roots right through to the top
Think I'll just move elsewhere but I'll dump the holding tank & flush the bilge before I move out.
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I would imagine first on the list under that act will be rod liciences for sea anglers, thus more revenue for gordy brown eye
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