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    Default STUDLAND - How much do they want???

    For those of you following Studland Bay threads, you will know that the there are plans being discussed to further restrict anchoring in Studland Bay, perhaps even further than the current voluntary no-anchor zone.

    The MMO has been set up with the power of decree in this matter, and it taking it's guidance from regional authorities. The one covering Studland Bay is called Finding Sanctuary, which I guess gives some of the thoughts on it's slant.

    Finding Sanctuary itself is looking at polls being conducted by organisations such as the Marine Conservation Society, who are firmly set on getting as many conservatories approved as possible. They have an interactive website to conduct their "poll" (which automatically defaults to a "YES - I want a sanctuary there" vote), and which also shows pictures (the ones for Studland include fouled anchors left in the delicate seagrass, right next to the seahorses in the next frames...).

    One of the pictures shows their preference for a new, ENFORCED no-anchor zone. The text of their spiel tells at great length how "all users can share the bay".

    But what is hidden in their proposal is the nature of the bay itself, and it's value to boaters. The southern extent of Studland Bay is the only Southerly and Easterly protected anchorage from Kellyhaven to Swanage, and is a much needed refuge for yachts in times of blows and unexpected storms.

    Indeed, the utility of the southern extent is best shown on Google Maps, which has satellite photos of the bay - clearly showing boats using the bay, and WHERE they are using it (because it is sheltered).

    I have taken the liberty of taking a Google Map, and performing a scale overlay of the MSC proposed ENFORCED no-anchor zone:



    As you can see, the vast number of boats (those not obscured by Google's refusal to publish sea maps) fall squarely into the proposed ENFORCED no anchor zone (outlined in blue lines)!!

    That is the MSC's "solution" - take the area most of value to boaters, and propose that we move our anchorage into the unprotected northern reaches, in the interest of "sharing" with scuba divers and the seahorses.

    I just wanted to point this out graphically, so that we can see what is being proposed - not in text, but with our own eyes.
    Last edited by SailBobSquarePants; 29-11-10 at 18:16.

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    Um, what google map?

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    I have found photo's I've attached to posts have disappeared lately, without anyone from the forums explaining why - bandwidth / memory ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jokerboat View Post
    Um, what google map?
    It is the one obtained by following THIS link:
    http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&...ed=0CAgQtgMwAA

    It forms the basis of the above picture, with the MSC map overlayed. The MSC proposed map is available here:
    http://www.yourseasyourvoice.com/mpa/?region=3&site=14

    So people can check that I haven't done anything fishy...so to speak.

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    I think you think we can all see a map....but we can't.

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    Would this be the one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Major Catastrophe View Post
    I think you think we can all see a map....but we can't.
    I can.It shows exactly the area I'd want to anchor in for safety in the advent of a storm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Major Catastrophe View Post
    I think you think we can all see a map....but we can't.
    I can, but then I only have one of those iPad things that people think are bad at graphics!
    I may be wrong, but I'm not confused.
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    It shows exactly the area I'd want to anchor in for safety in the advent of a storm.


    Yup. Now why am I not falling over in surprise ?...

    This will have to be bounced straight at the Finding Sanctuary / Local Group rep',

    I suggest everyone possible sends their comments.
    Last edited by danfoley; 08-12-10 at 16:36. Reason: Publication of personal details against forum rules

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    Quote Originally Posted by fireball View Post

    Would this be the one?
    That shows a copied segment taken from a paper chart.What sailing bob has posted says exactly what it says on the tin.A Google Earth photo with an overlay of the "proposed" no anchor zone that is outlined in blue on your chart.Exactly.

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