SKG Environmental Policy; “Paddling lightly”
“Looking after this wonderful coastline whilst discovering and enjoying its natural wonders.”
Sea Kayaking is an inherently environmentally friendly form of transport. Whilst we realise there are many challenges affecting the environment today, we seek to focus on tangible issues that we can address to ensure that our activities are sustainable and that we minimise the impact that we have on the environment and other people, including;
- Minimal group sizes.
- Encourage car sharing.
- Picking up litter to ensure sites look better than we found them.
- Support local businesses and encourage customers to shop locally.
- Endeavour to buy equipment from “green suppliers”, ensure all equipment is well maintained to improve longevity.
- Try to influence and educate others with the “paddling lightly” ethos.
- Work closely with other organisations e.g. The Outdoor Charter Group, Marine Conservation Society, Wildlife Trust, Canoe Wales, National Trust and The National Park.
The Marine Code;
A huge diversity of marine birds, animals and plants share Pembrokeshire’s coastline with us. Due to the rarity and importance of some of these species, legislation exists to protect them and ensure the conservation of them and the marine environments they inhabit. All cetaceans (dolphins, porpoises and whales), basking sharks, turtles and wild birds are protected by law against intentional taking, killing or injuring. Other animals including seals and plant life also receive legal protection. Reckless disturbance of cetaceans, wild birds, seals, basking sharks and turtles is also an offence.
The Pembrokeshire Marine Code exists in addition to legislation as a voluntary agreement. The code has been agreed on by all major local wildlife tour boat operators, sub aqua diving organisations, jet ski organisations, sailors and sea kayakers.
In addition restrictions exist at certain times of the year (some areas all year round) for wildlife habitats which are particularly sensitive to disturbance.
Wild Camping Code of Practice;
This code is designed to enable us to enjoy the benefits of wild camping, whilst having minimal impact on the environment and other coast users.
Where camping at one site for more than one night groups would be better to make use of proper campsite facilities.
- Group size should be kept to a minimum 12 in total.
- Bivying, (without the use of tents) predominately on beaches.
- Camping, It is advised that where possible groups should contact the local landowner and make use of land adjoining the coast.
- Groups should only erect tents over night and not leave tents up between consecutive nights unless with prior consent from the landowner.
- Litter; please ensure all litter is taken away.
- Human waste management, this should take place below the high water mark. Where this is not possible e.g. on public beaches waste must be buried. All toilet paper must be removed or burnt.
- Campfires, ground should be left as it was found, preferably below, or near to, the high water mark. Only use fallen wood.