Derelict glass fibre (GRP) boat near Poole Quay, Poole Harbour, Sept 2022

Derelict Boats

The BeachPeople campaign to have Whitley Lake (aka Kite Beach), Sandbanks designated as a bathing water introduced us to many helpful people who are of similar mind when it comes to protection of the Harbour and its ecosystem.

As the Whitley Lake Campaign is nearly complete, we felt we would like to continue to make a difference and the next obvious candidate is the number of obviously derelict boats either sunk at their moorings or washed/dragged ashore.

At more or less the same time, Practical Boat Owner detailed the results of a study in nearby Chichester Harbour about the effects of glass fibre on aquatic organisms - it seemed destiny!

Hence the snappily named "BeachPeople Against Derelict Boats On / Around The Shoreline" Campaign (we are working hard on an acronym).

BeachPeople will be working with Poole Harbour Commission and BCP Council to safely recover and dispose of derelict boats found in the water or on the beaches, in order to stop the problem at source.

There are legal issues to overcome involving ownership but our way is to make gentle but continual progress over beer time until the problem is solved.

Since it's largely political this isn't a campaign where we'll be looking for financial support, but we always welcome new members.