Recreation : Potential effects
Potential effects of water-based recreation

This section looks at the potential effects of water-based recreation on the marine environment in mSAC areas. Specifically, it addresses the potential impacts arising from the following sources:

  • engine emissions
  • sound emissions
  • antifouling paint leaching
  • sewage and other waste discharges
  • disturbance to wildlife
  • erosion and turbidity

Further information on water quality impacts can be obtained from a related study of the UK Marine SACs Project (Cole et al 1999).

Engine emissions

Sound emissions

Antifouling paint leaching

Sewage and other waste discharges

Disturbance to wildlife

Erosion and turbidity

Summary of potential effects of water-based recreation