SUP | Marine Code
Please consider when going off on a SUP adventure
"Paddling gracefully and silently along the iconic Menai Straits or around the majestic craggy coastline of the legendary Ynys Llanddwyn can seem like something out of a nature documentary. In an area of outstanding natural beauty, with the stunning backdrop of Snowdonia, nature and wildlife blossoms here.
This picturesque idea of paddling around the rugged and stunning coastline whilst the local marine life go about their business undisturbed by our presence can seem idyllic. Realistically, this is not always the case and marine mammals and other wildlife can be disturbed. Contrary to belief, although paddle boards don’t have an engine, they can cause just as much disturbance to marine mammals as a motorised vessel.
While some inquisitive grey seals and dolphins will, on occasions, get up close and personal to your paddle board, we believe that this should always be on their terms, in order to keep disturbance to the minimal. Our seas and coastline is abundant with sea creatures of all kind and we want to keep it that way. Sticking the balance between recreation and wildlife is important to us, enabling everyone to enjoy their paddle boarding experience, without having a negative impact on our lovely marine friends.
The Anglesey marine code of conduct is in place to do just that. The aim of the code is not to prevent these activities, or encounters with marine animals, but to ensure that they are undertaken with the marine environment in mind.
It applies to all recreational vessels including paddle boards. We ask you to always comply with requests from the local patrol boats and be aware of speed restrictions around bathing beaches and wildlife sites. In general keep a good look out and keep your distance. Do not approach marine mammals, let them come to you. Please paddle with care and attention for the safety of occupants and respect for all other sea users.
If dolphins, porpoises or seals are encountered at sea please:
· Slow down gradually to minimum speed.
· Do not make sudden changes in speed or course.
· Do not steer directly towards them or approach within 100m.
· Do not attempt to touch, feed or swim with them.
· Take extra care to avoid disturbing animals with young.
· Do not approach seals resting on the shore, and do not enter sea caves during the pupping season (1st August to 31st October).
· Do not discard litter or fishing tackle at sea.
· Avoid any unnecessary noise near the animals.
With birds in mind, please:
· Keep out from cliffs in the breeding season, 1st March – 31st July.
· Avoid any unnecessary noise close to cliffs.
· Keep clear of groups of birds resting or feeding on the sea.
Note that Anglesey Harbourmasters and Launch Control Officers are authorised to withdraw launching and/or mooring permits from vessels and individuals not observing local regulations, byelaws or the Anglesey Marine Code. Deliberate or reckless disturbance of any protected species (such as dolphins) is a criminal offence."
Swyddog Prosiect Ecosystemau Morol
Marine Ecosystems Project Officer