BMF/RYA joint programme invites contributions on inland waterways

The Green Blue has commissioned a review on antifouling use in inland waterways and is calling for information relevant to the study.

Running until late May the project will consider:

  • The extent of antifouling use in inland waterways
  • The need for use of antifouling in inland waterways
  • The benefits of antifouling in inland waterways
  • Ecological impacts of antifouling in inland waterways.

Researchers, industry bodies and personnel and the general public who have any relevant information and wish to contribute to the study are invited to contact the appointed contractor, Sue Bell Ecology, an independent ecological consultancy at antifouling@suebellecology.co.uk before the end of April 2011.

The information generated from the study will be used by The Green Blue to inform inland boaters, clubs and businesses about best practice.

Sarah Brown, The Green Blue Regional Advisor commented: ‘This will be a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the use and need for antifouling paints in inland waterways. We would really welcome input from anyone, from industry research to grey literature, all data and papers are welcome!’

The Green Blue is the joint environment programme created by the British Marine Federation and Royal Yachting Association for anyone who enjoys getting out on the water or whose livelihood depends on it. They help boat users, boating businesses, sailing clubs and training centres to reduce their impact on coastal and inland waters.

To learn more about the project or The Green Blue please contact sarah.brown@thegreenblue.org.uk, call 0844 556 9544 or visit www.thegreenblue.org.uk