An American system, new to the UK, normally used for moorings, is being used to replace the markers of an independent study to examine the impacts of recreational boat anchoring on seagrass in Studland Bay.
The new buoys are held in place by a system comprising a ‘Helix’ screw-in anchor attached to an elasticated eco-riser. This system was developed in the USA to withstand hurricane force conditions and it is currently being used by over 10,000 boat owners in the States. The size of Helix (which can be adapted accordingly) in place at Studland would likely support small day vessels, but unfortunately they are not insured for this purpose at this stage.
Fiona McNie, marine adviser for Natural England, said: “The main purpose of the new system is to keep the VNAZ markers in place. However Natural England considers it a great opportunity to demonstrate their suitability in the UK, to encourage boat owners to consider these or similar systems for mooring in the future. Natural England and Crown Estate really appreciate the support of recreational boat owners who have been avoiding anchoring in the zone, enabling them to gather this important information”