Archive for September, 2013
Local police officers have been working in partnership with the Inshore Fisheries Conservation Authority (IFCA) and the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) to target marine criminals. Earlier in the summer officers conducted a stop check on a vehicle towing a boat, issued a fixed penalty for offences detected and passed a photograph of the boat to the MMO. This vessel is suspected of being involved in illegal netting in the estuary around the Bigbury area. On 27th August an IFCA patrol spotted it afloat and called the MMO who recovered the boat for inspection and have since seized the engine.
An osprey was sighted flying over the oyster beds on 5th September 2013. Let’s hope the netters left enough fish behind for it to feed on!
Concern has been expressed about the deteriorating condition of the groynes and concrete retaining wall at the north west corner of Cockleridge Ham at the mouth of the Avon Estuary.
It has been agreed that temporary works will be done to the retaining wall in an effort to prevent further erosion by the sea over the winter. These works will include the use of chunks of conglomerated concrete from the beach (and which come from the wall) and timber shuttering. Ryan Hooper of Evans Estates will be supervising the works which are likely to commence in October.
The Duchy of Cornwall has been informed and, also, the South Devon Heritage Coast Service of South Hams District Council.
If anybody has concerns, they should contact Jonathan Aylett of Michelmore Hughes, Totnes, and or Ryan Hooper at the Evans Estate office in Bantham. It is hoped that everybody will understand that the measures being taken are with the best interests of the community at large in mind.
Thought is being given to what might be done in the longer term to protect the Ham at this point and the Estate will endeavour to keep the ACA informed about what, if any, decisions are made.