Whether you are stopping for lunch or sheltering from challenging weather conditions, anchoring is an inevitable part of boating. Unfortunately there is evidence that boaters can damage sensitive seafloor plants and animals, particularly seagrass.
There are several steps you can take to protect the seabed and avoid damage to your boat. The RYA and The Green Blue, its joint environmental awareness programme with British Marine, has worked with nature conservation organisations to develop tips for boaters.
Four steps to eco-friendly anchoring
What else can boaters do to help?
It is also important to plan your approach with care.
For more environmental good practice for boat users, clubs, centres and marine businesses visit www.thegreenblue.org.uk or contact email@example.com.
What are eco moorings?
Mooring systems that can be described as �eco-friendly� are those that minimise the level of detrimental interaction with the seafloor and therefore the potential for damage to sensitive habitats. .
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The RYA has been involved with a range of projects to improve our understanding of the efficacy of eco-mooring systems to make sure we can have an educated view.
Phil Horton, RYA Environment and Sustainability Manager, says:
�The RYA is keen to learn more about developing technologies that could help to minimise the impact boating could have on the marine environment. While the safety of recreational boaters remains our primary concern, the protection of the marine environment is important to many of our members and it is essential that we can provide information to allow boaters to make educated choices.
"We are actively encouraging the boating community to contribute further input on eco-mooring experiences and trials, and any documentation, reports or papers. Visit www.rya.org.uk/go/efms for more information and to take part."