Studland Bay Boaters in the Dark on Marine Conservation
10:26am 19th November 2013
(Updated 10:29am 19th November 2013)
Dorset's Wildlife Trust says boaters around Studland don't know how important the Bay is for wildlife and the local economy.
In a new report, the conservation charity found fewer people were aware of how important the delicate fish nurseries and beds of sea grass are that protects the coastline.
However 9 out of 10 said they were aware of maine wildlife beneath their keels 94% and agreed they should be protected.
83% of boaters said Studland Bay's quiet and sheltered environment attracted them to the area,
Trust Rangers want the area to become a Marine Conservation Zone and has been recommended to a new network of wildlife refuges that together, if properly managed, the Trust says would help boost the health of our British seas and sea life, as well as supporting tourism and enjoyment to boat owners.
Studland seagrass ranger, Lynn Marsland said, "We have enjoyed talking with a wide range of boat owners at Studland over the summer and met some very friendly and interesting people with a wealth of knowledge. The marine users are very keen to continue visiting the area and had some excellent suggestions for management options to enable this, from voluntary no-anchor zones to eco-friendly moorings and enforcement of speed restrictions."
(Image thanks to Chris Roberts)