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    Posted: 25 July 2013 at 5:31pm
Not sure how many, if any, SFF members contributed to the RNLI Angling survey but this preliminary response just in;


In total, 1,745 anglers completed the survey and shared their sea fishing experiences, behaviours and motivations with us. This was a fantastic response and surpassed the amount of people we were expecting to engage with. As a result, we have gained a wealth of knowledge and the survey has allowed us to better understand anglers and their sport.   We also combined the survey findings with in-depth interviews and focus groups with anglers. 

 

Through this project, our main aim is to improve coastal safety and reduce the number of people who get into trouble angling. It’s worth considering that in the last 5 years the RNLI have responded to over 5,000 angling related incidents in the UK and Ireland – that’s an average of between 2 and 3 incidents every day.

 

As well as thanking you for taking part in this research project, I also wanted to share some of the survey’s initial conclusions with you and outline how we are planning to use these findings to help make sea anglers safer.

 

Some of the survey’s initial conclusions suggest that:

·         The freedom of the sport is highly valued by anglers.

·         Most anglers believe there to be some level of risk involved in the sport but that they are generally safe when fishing.

·         Some anglers appear to be at greater risk than others, for example; those motivated by catching a particular species of fish. 

·         Frequent and more experienced anglers are often more exposed to risk and may be more willing to put themselves in challenging environments, by fishing at night or on their own, for example.

·         Fishing from rocks posed higher risk to our respondents than angling from a beach or man-made structure.  This may be due to the inherently remote and exposed nature of rocky locations and the distance from help in the event that anglers fall into the sea.  The type of fishing done from rocks can also be riskier.

·         Just over 10% of the sample said that they had required assistance from the RNLI, Coastguard or another angler while fishing. 

·         The vast majority of anglers in our sample check the tides and weather when planning their trip and take a mobile phone with them. 

 

It is important to point out that we are not trying to introduce new rules or regulations, but to offer guidance and support on how best to stay safe while angling. Using the findings of this survey, there are several safety initiatives that we are now looking to introduce.

 

These initiatives include supporting angling stores and bait and tackle shops to provide location specific safety advice and information to anglers. By making the information available to people when they’re deciding where and when to go fishing, it is hoped they may then be better equipped and prepared.

 

The RNLI is also looking at better ways of promoting existing high quality safety products which are available, but that many anglers are unaware of. For example, lightweight angling specific lifejackets are widely available, but are rarely used or even known about by some anglers.

 

Another area being looked at is helping anglers who fish from boats to develop their boating skills and keep their craft well maintained.  The RNLI already offers a free service to all boat owners called Advice On Board, so this service could be tailored more specifically to anglers.

 

I’d like to thank you once again for supporting this important piece of work by taking the time to participate in the survey. We are committed to using the information that you provided us with to help improve coastal safety.

 

Will Stephens

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did they  do one  for wafis
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote MONKEY NUTS Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 July 2013 at 9:10am
Originally posted by Ahab Ahab wrote:

did they  do one  for wafis

if they did, they would not bother to read it....lol

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Originally posted by MONKEY NUTS MONKEY NUTS wrote:

Originally posted by Ahab Ahab wrote:

did they  do one  for wafis

if they did, they would not bother to read it....lol


They dont need it, they know everything already.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote dkstenson Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 July 2013 at 12:14am
Last year I managed to catch myself a WAFI's line as he had it hanging off his stern a few hundred ft... It was twine (Orange crab line) which resulted in it breaking his rod from his rod rest, getting munched by my prop, but also meant I had to get under the boat to cut away the melted line before it ate my cutlass...
 
Managed just in time this weekend to miss crossing the stern of another one with similar line strung out from his stern whilst he was crossing the forts...
 
Be aware of these lunatics, as the one I grabbed last year was actually entering the harbour entrance..
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote snowy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 July 2013 at 6:42am
Dave, you should have told QHM on channel eleven what happened and it was down to the fact he was fishing inside the harbour limits. Ask them to obtain his insurance particulars.

Dont forget there is no fishing inside Portsmouth Harbour.
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I think it is a bit arrogant to think sailors have the monopoly on stupidity - a good look in the mirror might not be a bad thing.  We all have anecdotes of poor seamanship - there are just as many idiots in powerboats and we know it.  I wonder how many WAFI bashers actually have all of their RYA qualifications - there is more  to seamanship than an RYA L2 Powerboat course.  Good hearted banter is acceptable but much of it is just damn right ignorance of how to sail a boat and understanding how a sail boat handles in different winds and tides.  Don't get me wrong, I'm not defending the incompetent, but it works both ways.  A few years ago the RYA ran a day where motorboaters and sailors swapped vessels to give them a better understanding of how each others vessels handled - it was a great success and everyone agreed they had learned a lot.  In my opinion that is a mature approach, not sl*gging each other off.  Of course I will get flamed posting this on a site used exclusively by motor boaters but people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.
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Why are all distress calls in French ie May Day Securitate ECG. Is it cos they. Fxxx up the most lol
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As for qualifications I have none. Can't. Read or write proper skill of life for me
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RAY - YOU HAVE A DEGREE FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF LIFE...!!!!
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