This is being released shortly. Thanks to the local anglers, tackle shops and Graham (Warden) for your involvement in producing the proposal we submitted.There is a very positive statement I thought at the end. Once the outcome from their Board Meeting is known a meeting will be arranged to take the project further.
Shoreham Port has been working closely with the local angling community and the Local Independent Sea Anglers (LISA) to improve navigational safety for vessels entering the Port at night. As part of an initiative launched by Shoreham Port, people fishing off of the East and West Arms are now being asked to use blue lights instead of standard white lights at night to assist vessels entering the Port.
The change follows feedback from vessel Masters who had been complaining about bright lights blinding them as they approach the harbour entrance. Using a blue light significantly reduces this issue and helps vessel Masters identify anglers as they approach the harbour.
During a meeting in October, LISA expressed their full support of the blue light initiative and are encouraging their members to adhere to the new request.
LISA has around 200 members in the Sussex area and a number of the members are regular users of the West Breakwater. LISA identifies issues and informs and assists their members to protect sea angling locally, nationally and internationally.
Steve Tapp, Chairman at LISA commented “We were delighted to be invited to the meeting arranged by Reg Phillips (Angling Trust) with Julian Seaman (Harbour Master at Shoreham Port) and other stakeholders to see how we might be of assistance. We have experience of developing signage that overcomes multi lingual issues and suggested the format for a sign that will request for anglers to use blue lights at night. The new sign will be produced as soon as possible and the target is to have the full scheme up and running by spring of next year.”
Julian Seaman, Harbour Master & Director of Marine Operations at Shoreham Port commented “Our number one priority is navigational safety and we hope that all anglers fishing at night will respect our request to transfer to blue lights. Progress is being made and we are extremely grateful to LISA for their support in helping us to deliver this important message.”