Originally Posted by Biggles
Are you saying that you have sufficent enforcement in your area. If so can you get a piccy of a Proper Lobster Pot Marker ?
Er, sort of! I was talking more generally about the enforcement of fisheries legislation though.
The MCA do publish a leaflet with 'suggested' ways of marking fishing gear but I don't believe there is an actual law regarding it. Obviously as in Portsmouth there are local bylaws in force regulating gear positioning and marking.
Most of the local sea fisheries committees have various permit schemes, especially for shellfish and usually part of the terms of the issue of the permit require identification of the owner on them - often the vessel licence number.
If you believe the fishing is illegal or by unlicensed boats/divers/etc. then a call to the local committee often works wonders. For example in Sussex under local byelaws you can only take 2 lobsters per person per day unless you have a permit which is only issued to licenced fishing boats. Also hauling other peoples pots to remove the catch is theft and the police, with sufficent eveidence, will treat it seriously. Record boat names, numbers, colours, times, positions, number of people on board, etc.
Also only buy from reputable outlets so you don't support the illegal fishing. (You have to be registered with DEFRA to sell fish to the public.)
One of the problems with large markers, with lights/radar reflectors is mostly cost and of course the other on a lot of the smaller boats is space available on board. Also another problem is line length - too long and it lays on the surface at slack water (although leaded line is an option the cost is a factor again), too short and the markers sit below the surface in the current or at high water.
Best look out, avoiding known areas - especially tight inshore in rocky areas and rope cutters is the best option.
PS I m not a fisherman before anyone suggests it!