The ACA is participating in a collaborative venture with local police, mooring licence holders, Aveton Gifford Parish Council and interested members of the estuary community to improve the security of boats and to prevent illegal fish netting on the river. The venture is called ‘Avon Estuary Boatwatch’ but, as stated, we hope also to have a beneficial impact on stocks of high value fish such as salmon, sea trout and bass which are frequently the target of poachers.
The police have told us that much of the boat crime and fish poaching is carried out by highly organised, criminal gangs who should not be approached by members of the public; instead call 08452 777444 or, in an energency requiring an immeduate police response, dial 999.
If you see anything suspicious, the police are anxious for you to report it so they can study patterns of activity over the area, and respond accordingly. If you have any doubts, the initial point of contact should be Eric White (01548 550301 or 07761150089 and firstname.lastname@example.org ) who has agreed to serve as the main non-police contact; Stuart Watts (01548 810373 and email@example.com) is his deputy for Bigbury/ Bigbury on Sea, and John Coates (01548 550907and firstname.lastname@example.org) his deputy for Aveton Gifford.
From time to time, updates will be provided on this web page about criminal activity affecting the river and stolen boats or equipment.
To register your boat with the Avon Estuary Boatwatch, contact John Coates, as above. Marker kits for marine equipment are available from Kingsbridge police via PC Steve Mullen Stephen.MULLEN@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk.