Anchoring and Mooring

Applying a few simple rules when anchoring and mooring can minimise damage to the seabed - and the guidance is all in line with RYA training practices.

The development of Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) in England, and Marine Protected Areas in UK waters, has generated all sorts of points for debate. Of particular interest to the RYA are the discussions around anchoring pressure and the provision of moorings.

Anchoring is an essential part of boating, whether you are stopping for lunch or sheltering from stormy conditions. It is important for recreational boaters to be aware of protected seabed habitats around the coastline and ensure best practice is adopted to help minimise any impacts anchoring activities can have on these sensitive habitats.

Traditional swing moorings can also cause significant damage to seabed habitats as the chains sweep around the mooring block or anchor, creating a dead zone.

So, whether you choose to anchor or moor your boat, some seabed habitats may be sensitive to these activities. There are many simple things you can do to both prevent damage to your boat and reduce your impact on the environment too.

Since July 2019, the RYA and The Green Blue along with other organisations have partnered with Natural England as part of a four year EU LIFE funded project known as LIFE Recreation ReMEDIES Project. Further information is available at Save our Seabed

How do I anchor with care?

Are there ways that boaters can minimise the impact of anchoring and mooring on sensitive seabed plants and animals? For latest information, and a leaflet on anchoring and mooring, please click through to The Green Blue, our partner site, which has further details: Anchoring with Care