Launch of boating plan consultation

30 Mar 2009 0 person/people have discussed this topic.

New Quay harbourA major consultation is being launched this week that will help shape the future management of boating activities along the coastline. For many years Ceredigion County Council has been promoting a Code of Conduct for recreational boat users to try to minimise disturbance to the Bay’s protected marine wildlife.

Dolphins, porpoises and seals are protected by law from deliberate or reckless disturbance and much of the coastline has been designated as a special area of conservation. At present there are byelaw speed limits in force around the harbours and bathing beaches, and voluntary speed limits along the Marine Heritage Coast from New Quay Head to Llangrannog. Recent research however has highlighted several headlands as being important dolphin feeding areas.  The Council is therefore seeking views as to whether any extra measures need to be taken in these sensitive areas, and if so, what?

Liz Allan, Conservation Management Officer added : As we now have a better understanding of where the sensitive wildlife areas are, conversely there may be areas where boating facilities (especially for powerboating and personal watercraft) could be developed and promoted. We would be interested in people’s views on that and also whether there are changes needed to the Code of Conduct and any ideas for the best ways of communicating it.

Particularly important sites for dolphins: click to enlargeDolphins, porpoises and seals are protected by law from deliberate or reckless disturbance. By filling in the questionnaire you can have your say in how you would like to see boating managed along our coast to ensure that recreational boating can coexist with our wonderful wildlife for all to enjoy.

The consultation period will run until September and a questionnaire can be downloaded below or phone Ceredigion County Council on 01545 572110 for a paper copy.

Completed forms can be emailed to liza@ceredigion.gov.uk or posted to Liz Allan, Coast and Countryside Team, Ceredigion County Council, Penmorfa, Aberaeron, SA46 0PA

Further information on consultation
Questionnaire – pdf
Questionnaire – MS Word