Explore marine wildlife with new digital guide

Saturday 8th March 2014

Basking shark at Sennen cpt Andrew Pearson

A new digital marine wildlife guide for iPad and iPhone is now available, thanks to The Green Blue, the joint environment project of the Royal Yachting Association and the British Marine Federation.

From May  the gentle giant of the basking shark can be seen in waters off the UK’s south west coast as they head up north for their annual migration.

The Green Marine Wildlife Guide provides interactive touch-based illustrations of marine wildlife together with an interactive map of the UK revealing what marine wildlife we can expect to see around the coast through the year.

For instance, from May onwards the gentle giant of the basking shark can be seen in waters off the UK’s south west coast as they head up north for their annual migration. Whilst in the North East grey seals are a common sighting.

There are also top tips for spotting marine wildlife and importantly guidance on how to avoid disturbing or hurting them.

Recent changes to the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 Amended, provide protection for these animals from disturbance. Anyone caught disturbing wildlife can now be prosecuted.

Jane Swan The Green Blue Project Manager “There is a code of conduct and clear guidelines on what to do if you see a marine animal which will help people on the water to stay on the right side of the law whilst enjoying the experience.  They include advice on how much time you should spend near the animals and how much clearance you should give them.

“The golden rule when watching cetaceans or any other marine wildlife is to be aware of any change in their behaviour which may signify disturbance”.

The Green Marine Wildlife Guide was first published in print in 2010 in partnership with The Wildlife Trusts, with beautiful illustrations by artist Martin Camm.

Joan Edwards, Head of Living Seas for The Wildlife Trusts, said:  "This new digital guide helps to celebrate marine wildlife and raise awareness of how best we can appreciate and protect them whilst out on the water.”

To explore the digital edition of the Green Marine Wildlife Guide, download the free ‘RYA Books’ app from iTunes and touch the ‘Catalogues & Brochures’ to find the publication.

Notes to Editors:
The RYA is the national body for all forms of recreational, competitive and professional boating, with 102,000 members and 1,500 affiliated sports clubs. It represents dinghy and yacht racing, motor and sail cruising, RIBs and sportsboats, powerboat racing, windsurfing, inland cruising and personal watercraft. 

The British Marine Federation is the trade body for the UK marine industry and represents the industry both domestically and abroad.  It has over 1,500 members, many of which are small businesses and works to promote boating and the boating industry to the public, government and other stakeholders. 

The Green Blue encourages a sustainable recreational boating community, through:

  • Information: Providing advice and information through a website and publications like its “How to Guide”
  • Practical Projects: Establishing practical demonstration projects around the country. Some will be small-scale pilot projects with the potential to be rolled out nationwide.
  • Research: The Green Blue has an online database of more than 700 scientific documents relating to the environmental impact of recreational boating. It will link with universities departments to initiate primary research where data is lacking.

Core funding for The Green Blue is provided by BMF and RYA. The Green Blue is also a recipient of grants from The Crown Estate’s Marine Stewardship Fund and Sunsail.  

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