Whale and Dolphin Conservation also concerned around, in particular that WNMP supports growth of tourism and recreation but we need to get a grip on the pressures they cause (Mick Green)
Agree. Especially I would like to see set areas for certain water sports eg jetski's etc
Different sectors apply different pressures and need managing in different ways targeted to each. For example, water sports often involve persons from outside the region who are ephemeral visitors. Providing education to those marine users is more challenging than, for example, wildlife trip operators
Understanding which theme this sits under will also be key - is this a localised marine planning issue, or is it to do with resilient ecosystems - either way... and also the funding pot.. is Green Recovery just about engaging locals, or can this type of funding be used for engaging / educating tourists etc. to encourage responsible recreation activities? (as an example of a possible funding opportunity)
I think there is cross-over as there is a need for both approaches. The most difficult group to reach are those that are non-resident (frequently from outside Wales) who have personal watercraft that they bring with them, maybe deploy it for a day and then go away again. Even those that have a powerboat (moored somewhere such as Pwllheli marina) are challenging to educate because they may not even enter premises where they might see a noticeboard. On the other hand, there is a distinct lack of interpretation boards around the coasts of Wales that could at least help.
Not confined to mid-Wales, this could be an issue that applies across Wales. Peter Evans concerned with marine mammals but the problem affects marine birds too
Wildlife operating tours is not much of a concern as they do operate in a safer manner and adhere to local codes of conduct. But it is harder to manage on privately owned vessels
Peter: Challenge is not when people are doing nature tourism, more people using their own boats or craft, come into the area briefly. Hard to reach those people - there is no registry of them. Definitely impacting a lot of marine wildlife. Hardly any interpretation boards around the coast. Peter get calls from police and jetski bodies complaining. Wider education to these people would be a way to tackle this.
Problem in North of Cardigan Bay particularly.
Have launched a recording app (with Bangor University) to engage people with their wildlife, but this doesn't target these people.
Recreation is a high priority on Well-being objectives - (tourism) important to the economy
ken: Caravan parks are issue. Dyfi has the Cors - so has better adaptation capacity than other ares which have caravan parks.
Caravaners give the least contribution to tourism.
Giving talks, leafleting, getting advice on arrival at caravan parks
(Ken) research 20 years ago on the types of accommodation of tourists visiting North Wales and understanding where people are staying
Could there be an opportunity to target holiday accommodation (Air BnBs, BnBs, Caravan Parks) and ask them to distribute information about marine code of conducts, how to operate private vessels in a safe way for marine life
Local community group are distributing information about how to support local economies (with a just giving page for local communities) and they could be open to sharing marine code of conduct information too
Katrin: many boats are moored - so maybe targeting marinas with WISE course. Some boats in Newquay are repeat offenders in the marina.
Pwllheli is an particularly problematic area
(Katrin - Seawatch) could we get marinas on board with sharing awareness of how to operate boats safely (some boats are moored in the region all year round but only active in summer months)
Social media groups to disseminate information!!
For such a complex issue and with so many owners of vessels needing to be aware - we need a multi-pronged approach!!
Peter: Need interpretation boards where lot of jet ski / people coming in briefly traffic
Ken: Marine Code of Conduct needed!
Visual reminders? Signs present in marina's (much like the 'stop the spread' signs) that set out code of conduct, negative impacts of small vessel misuse and potential repercussions of bad behaviour