Lloyds Register Foundation funded Blue Marine Foundation to investigate how data can be used to support safety in inshore waters. BLUE has already been gathering data as part of its Lyme Bay project where it has established the UK’s first Fully Documented Fishery. BLUE hosted a workshop in March 2016 attended by a range of UK organisations who gather, aggregate and/or use marine data. These included RNLI, MMO, UKHO, Plymouth Marine Laboratories, Trinity House, Marine Traffic, the Crown Estates and MEDIN. The workshop and accompanying meetings revealed key gaps in marine data with the most glaring gap considered to be risk assessment in inshore recreational boating. The full results from the initial data analysis conducted and full notes from the workshop can be found here.
As a result a network of partners, interested in safety in inshore waters, is in development. Next steps may include developing a model to monitor and track craft from surfboards through yachts to angling charter vessels. This will inform safety and risk assessments in our inshore waters. BLUE welcomes enquiries on this work to firstname.lastname@example.org.