Each year the coastguard deals with 200-300 incidents where propellers or rudders of boats become snagged on floating lines and fishing gear.
Many of these incidents are avoidable, which is why MBM has decided to launch a campaign to introduce mandatory rules regarding the visibility of lobster pots and other fishing gear and to put pressure on authorities to come down harder on those that flout the rules.
MBM has devised a five-point manifesto calling for bigger, better and more visible marking for lobster pots, as well as safer practice when it comes to disposing of torn nets and broken fishing gear.
We, the undersigned, call upon the following measures to be implemented and enforced wherever lobster pots or fishing gear are in use.
1. Clear marker
MBM is calling for all pots to be marked with a danbuoy with a flag extending to at least one metre above the water.
2. Sinking line
MBM wants to see all pots fitted with sinking lines to keep the danger well below the surface.
MBM wants to see cheap, effective yellow buoy lights installed on all markers, making them visible in the dark.
MBM is asking for a clear commitment to properly disposing of debris, whether you have five pots or 5000.
MBM knows that sometimes it's hard for fishermen to avoid working in the channel but a little common sense when it comes to laying pots and nets would make life a lot easier for everyone - and save the fishermen money that might otherwise have to go on replacing pots that some unlucky boater has picked up.
The Spot The Pot With Motor Boats Monthly petition to Defra was written by Matt Thomas and is in the category Environment at GoPetition.