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by ChrisS
Wed Aug 19, 2009 11:06 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What makes a stream a stream and a river a river?
Replies: 3
Views: 526

Re: What makes a stream a stream and a river a river?

In case anyone is interested this is how the Ordnance Survey show rivers and streams on their 1:50k and 1:25k maps: 1:50 000 scale: In general rivers less than 4m wide are shown by a single line (single stream), those over 8m wide (double stream) are shown by a double line with blue tint between the...
by ChrisS
Tue Aug 18, 2009 9:02 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: SAFFA 1975 Act, the new reason why we cannot paddle rivers
Replies: 1041
Views: 41482

Re: SAFFA 1975 Act, the new reason why we cannot paddle rivers

MikeB, a fishing club could well be a land manager: Land manager. The Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 refers to owners and occupiers, and these include landowners, farmers, crofters, tenants, foresters and fishery owners. In some circumstances, this may include those acting for owners or occupiers w...
by ChrisS
Tue Aug 18, 2009 8:05 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: SAFFA 1975 Act, the new reason why we cannot paddle rivers
Replies: 1041
Views: 41482

Re: SAFFA 1975 Act, the new reason why we cannot paddle rivers

MikeB wrote: Fishguard wants "local agreements". Which is where we came in, isn't it? Not necessarily. They are provided for in the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. See page 39 Voluntary agreements between land managers and recreational governing bodies or clubs. For example, climbers might be request...
by ChrisS
Tue Aug 18, 2009 7:09 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: SAFFA 1975 Act, the new reason why we cannot paddle rivers
Replies: 1041
Views: 41482

Re: SAFFA 1975 Act, the new reason why we cannot paddle rivers

On the possibility of leopards changing their spots:

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by ChrisS
Sun Aug 16, 2009 8:44 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: SAFFA 1975 Act, the new reason why we cannot paddle rivers
Replies: 1041
Views: 41482

Re: SAFFA 1975 Act, the new reason why we cannot paddle rivers

It would not be a bad idea to post the Conwy agreement. If it was reasonable paddlers might possibly be prepared to continue to comply with it on an informal basis.
by ChrisS
Sun Aug 16, 2009 8:33 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: SAFFA 1975 Act, the new reason why we cannot paddle rivers
Replies: 1041
Views: 41482

Re: SAFFA 1975 Act, the new reason why we cannot paddle rivers

If I was a river keeper who was genuinely concerned about protecting spawning beds from contact with kayak hulls and paddles I would be proposing the installation of go/no go water level indicators at the get-ins. If the levels were fairly set I think there would be a high degree of compliance.
by ChrisS
Sun Aug 16, 2009 11:22 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Fishing litter
Replies: 138
Views: 5021

Re: Fishing litter

Lead poisoning in swans

The Control of Pollution (Angler's Lead weights) Regulations 1986 seem to have been very effective in reducing lead poisoning in swans. Credit where it's due.
by ChrisS
Sun Aug 16, 2009 12:19 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Fishing litter
Replies: 138
Views: 5021

Re: Fishing litter

http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/recreation/fishing/38015.aspx Angling-related litter Never drop litter or discard tackle and remember that discarded nylon is particularly hazardous to wildlife. Discarded or damaged line should be taken home and burnt or cut into short lengths be...
by ChrisS
Sat Aug 15, 2009 7:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Old sea kayak questions^
Replies: 15
Views: 3976

Re: Old sea kayak questions

Hi Rhod

I used to have a Kester canoe with the hatches you have described. I don't think you will find hatch rims to fit. I think you would need to cover the existing holes (maybe by glassing in plywood) and then cut new holes.
by ChrisS
Sat Aug 15, 2009 6:31 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: BBC OPEN COUNTRY PROGRAMME
Replies: 4
Views: 435

Re: BBC OPEN COUNTRY PROGRAMME

Interesting that the fisherman proposed letting canoeists have the river in the winter months. No mention of spawning beds which seems to be such a big issue on the Conwy.
by ChrisS
Sat Aug 15, 2009 4:14 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: SAFFA 1975 Act, the new reason why we cannot paddle rivers
Replies: 1041
Views: 41482

Re: SAFFA 1975 Act, the new reason why we cannot paddle rivers

And the reply fishguard got was: Hi Fisbyc, Thanks for another valuable post. The whole basis of the Campaign is the protection of out fisheries and this is indeed an important issue. You will be aware that the very matter you are raising is being addressed at the highest level in the EA, with poten...
by ChrisS
Sat Aug 15, 2009 3:52 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Fishing litter
Replies: 138
Views: 5021

Re: Fishing litter

I'm 58 so I have both life experience and some remaining tree climbing capability! Nobody expects people to risk their lives but if people can't retrieve their fishing line and hooks themselves they are supposed to report it to their club bailiff. Riparian owners are required by law to remove debris...
by ChrisS
Sat Aug 15, 2009 12:15 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Fishing litter
Replies: 138
Views: 5021

Re: Fishing litter

Joshua, on the SAFFA thread. Please.
by ChrisS
Sat Aug 15, 2009 11:47 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Fishing litter
Replies: 138
Views: 5021

Re: Fishing litter

Fair point on you being misquoted Fishguard. While we are on forum etiquette, please could you (all) try to keep discussion on this thread on the topic of fishing litter.
by ChrisS
Thu Aug 13, 2009 1:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New Ofcom consultation on Maritime VHF charging
Replies: 2
Views: 602

Re: New Ofcom consultation on Maritime VHF charging

It says 3.6 We have no plans to reverse the decision implemented in 2006 to issue lifetime licences issued under the Wireless Telegraphy Act 2006 (the “WT Act”) for ships free of charge if applied for on-line, or for a small administrative fee if applied for by post. I think this must mean no change...
by ChrisS
Thu Aug 13, 2009 12:28 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: SAFFA 1975 Act, the new reason why we cannot paddle rivers
Replies: 1041
Views: 41482

Re: SAFFA 1975 Act, the new reason why we cannot paddle rivers

They have to consider the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 which gives people a clean sheet after a period of time has elapsed. It can be as little as 6 months.
by ChrisS
Wed Aug 12, 2009 9:05 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: SAFFA 1975 Act, the new reason why we cannot paddle rivers
Replies: 1041
Views: 41482

Re: SAFFA 1975 Act, the new reason why we cannot paddle rivers

I hope I'm wrong, but I doubt if the maps will be detailed enough to be much use because the EA will not want to reveal the precise locations of spawning beds to poachers.
by ChrisS
Tue Aug 11, 2009 12:51 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Fishing litter
Replies: 138
Views: 5021

Re: Fishing litter

chriscw wrote: But that is NOT the only kind of litter to get back to fairness and common sense. Although in the interests of balance it would appear that the damage to wildlife caused by fishing litter is disproportionately high so clearly there is no justification for fishermen claiming the canoe...
by ChrisS
Tue Aug 11, 2009 10:15 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Learning to roll
Replies: 7
Views: 861

Re: Learning to roll

When you are in the pool they will probably prefer you to use a short boat as the pool isn't that big. When you have learnt to roll a short boat you will be able to roll your sea kayak - and probably find it a bit easier.
by ChrisS
Mon Aug 10, 2009 5:38 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Fishing litter
Replies: 138
Views: 5021

Re: Fishing litter

Anglers are certainly the only people who leave fishing litter, to get back to the subject of the thread.
by ChrisS
Mon Aug 10, 2009 3:40 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Fishing litter
Replies: 138
Views: 5021

Re: Fishing litter

I agree that all these activities draw on a similar broad cross section of British society but in the 6 or 7 years I have been paddling I have never seen another paddler deliberately littering - obviously the odd bar wrapper gets caught by the wind but even then considerable efforts are made to retr...
by ChrisS
Mon Aug 10, 2009 2:31 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Fishing litter
Replies: 138
Views: 5021

Fishing litter

Last year, 1,959 calls were made to the RSPCA to report incidents involving swans and fishing litter, and 92 swans were admitted to three of our four wildlife centres with fishing litter related injuries - 13 more than in 2007. We seem to hear a lot from fisherfolk opposed to canoeing access biggin...
by ChrisS
Mon Aug 10, 2009 12:50 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: SAFFA 1975 Act, the new reason why we cannot paddle rivers
Replies: 1041
Views: 41482

Re: SAFFA 1975 Act, the new reason why we cannot paddle rivers

SAFFA 1975 says: 17 Restrictions on taking salmon or trout above or below an obstruction or in mill races (1) Any person who takes or kills, or attempts to take or kill, except with rod and line, or scares or disturbs any salmon or trout — (a) at any place above or below any dam or any obstruction,...
by ChrisS
Thu Aug 06, 2009 10:57 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: SAFFA 1975 Act, the new reason why we cannot paddle rivers
Replies: 1041
Views: 41482

Re: SAFFA 1975 Act, the new reason why we cannot paddle rivers

Bang go our chances of Olympic Gold in slalom!
by ChrisS
Thu Aug 06, 2009 8:36 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: SAFFA 1975 Act, the new reason why we cannot paddle rivers
Replies: 1041
Views: 41482

Re: SAFFA 1975 Act, the new reason why we cannot paddle rivers

He meant Section 12 (which is almost as irrelevant to paddling).
by ChrisS
Thu Aug 06, 2009 2:06 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Advice for a beginner please!
Replies: 17
Views: 862

Re: Advice for a beginner please!

There used to be lots of general purpose kayaks on the market but they have rather gone out of fashion. They are no longer produced by most manufacturers although I think there is one called Wild One or Wild Thing. However you can still find general purpose kayaks on the second hand market. Boats su...
by ChrisS
Thu Aug 06, 2009 1:10 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: SAFFA 1975 Act, the new reason why we cannot paddle rivers
Replies: 1041
Views: 41482

Re: SAFFA 1975 Act, the new reason why we cannot paddle rivers

It can't have any value as evidence of "wilfulness". In the current climate, how could a reasonable person tell the difference between someone telling the truth regarding spawning etc and someone telling a lie because they just don't want you to be on the river? You would need to be told by a warran...
by ChrisS
Thu Aug 06, 2009 11:39 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: SAFFA 1975 Act, the new reason why we cannot paddle rivers
Replies: 1041
Views: 41482

Re: SAFFA 1975 Act, the new reason why we cannot paddle rivers

"Water Bailiff" is the term used in SAFFA 1975 but I think the EA is now calling them Fisheries Officers or Enforcement Officers to distinguish them from people appointed by fishing clubs etc who may call themselves bailiffs.
by ChrisS
Thu Aug 06, 2009 11:01 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: SAFFA 1975 Act, the new reason why we cannot paddle rivers
Replies: 1041
Views: 41482

Re: SAFFA 1975 Act, the new reason why we cannot paddle rivers

The Seiont case was decided in the first instance by magistrates, and the appeal was heard in the crown court. The crown court is not senior enough to set judicial precedent. This may be why it has not been possible to find the case on a legal database. EA bailiffs do have the powers of a constable,...
by ChrisS
Wed Aug 05, 2009 12:49 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: SAFFA 1975 Act, the new reason why we cannot paddle rivers
Replies: 1041
Views: 41482

Re: SAFFA 1975 Act, the new reason why we cannot paddle rivers

Simon Dawson's Seiont protest photographs. I'm not sure that the court case arose from this precise event. Obviously there would have been strained relations between fisherfolk and paddlers for some time before and after the event.