Examples of codes of practice
Code of Conduct, Pembrokeshire, UK
This code was developed
through consultation with Pembrokeshire personal watercraft
group, the Pembrokeshire Coast national Park, Pembrokeshire
County Council and the coast guard to promote the responsible
use of personal and fact powered water craft within Pembrokeshire.
It identifies the
need for training and boat handling skills. In addition, it
outlines the importance of the site for nature conservation
and providers users with a checklist of sites to avoid at particular
times of the year due to the needs of local wildlife.
Canoeists Code of Conduct, UK
Code of Conduct issued by the British Canoe Union includes the
Central Council for Physical Recreation water sports code. This
encourages members to make or comply with suitable arrangements
for access to the water and to behave responsibly while on the
water. The code also includes a reminder to ‘avoid using areas
important for wintering wildfowl, nesting birds and spawning
fish in the appropriate season’. An interpretative leaflet,
‘Canoeists and Wildlife’ describes birds, animals and plants
commonly seen by participants.
Recreational Power Craft Strangford Lough, UK
Lough management committee began consultation on a code of conduct
for recreational powered craft in 1995. The code was considered
necessary because the committee had received a number of complaints
about personal water crafting and water skiing and there was
a build up of pressure for bylaws to be introduced to ban those
activities in certain areas. The committee felt that the code
of conduct, summarised below, would be a more acceptable and
cost effective approach to dealing with the issue.
This code was given
the support of the Strangford Lough Management Committee, Sports
Council for Northern Ireland, Ards Borough Council, Down District
Council, Royal Yachting Association (N.I), Association of Strangford
Lough Yacht Clubs, Northern Ireland Federation of Sub-Aqua Clubs
and was originally published in June 1995.
that the code was a useful measure in reducing conflict. The
code has been given further practical support through the development
and three year trial of buoyed signs at mooring areas to remind
users of the voluntary code and the need to reduce speed within
200 meters of any shoreline including islands.
Voluntary Code of Conduct
Recreational Power boat users in
Strangford Lough should:
- Avoid mooring areas as sites
for recreation. Any passage in these areas should be at low
speed to minimise wash and disturbance, i.e. not exceeding
- Elsewhere avoid areas within
200 meters of the waters edge at any state of the tide, except
for take off and landing operations. Dive boats, anglers etc.,
approaching or leaving sites within 200 meters of the waters
edge should do so at low speed as in 1 above.
- Approach the shoreline, raft
or slipway in as direct a manner as possible when within 200
meters of the waters edge
- Avoid polluting or spoiling
the Lough or its islands or shoreline by careless disposal
of packaging, oils or fuels, and dispose of all refuse ashore
in a responsible manner.
- Observe and respect signs or
markers on slipways, shore, or islands where it is indicated
that landing or takeoff is not permitted.
- Stay well clear of seals and
birds to avoid causing disturbance.
- Observe the principles of good
seamanship, avoid causing excessive wake or wash and respect
the rights of other Lough users by extending due care and
courtesy to them.
Please create an awareness and
observance of these principles with other Lough users
Divers Code of Practice for Strangford
Strangford Lough is a Statutory
Marine Nature Reserve. many species within the Lough are rare,
slow growing or sensitive to human interference. Shellfish Stocks
are already under considerable pressure from fishing.
- The collection of any plant
or animal within the reserve is strongly discouraged.
- Do not use spear-guns, spears,
- Dive carefully- careless fining
shows incompetence and damages marine life.
- Seals are protected by law and
are particularly sensitive to disturbance at haul out sites.
Bird and seal colonies should not be approached.
- Dive boats should keep to a
slow speed (5 knots) when within 200 m of the shore to minimise
wash and disturbance.
- Leave wrecks undamaged for the
enjoyment of other divers. All ‘finds’ must be reported to
HM coast guard, who acts for the Receiver of Wrecks in Northern
- Notify the Environment and Heritage
Service or HM Coast Guard if you see pollution within the
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