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Welcome to the spring edition of the Kent Coast Bulletin, which provides updates on recent initiatives from around the Kent coast. Thank you to all contributors to the bulletin. The next edition will be published in the summer and if you have some news you would like featured, please let me know.
In addition to the usual Member News, this spring edition looks at UK Government proposals for a Marine Bill and includes commentary from Kent Wildlife Trust's Marine Conservation Officer on why this Bill is so important.
In May the Kent Coastal Network hosted the PWC Spring Seminar and this bulletin provides a report from the event and the key messages that came out of the day.
In Member Focus, the Kent & Medway Biological Records Centre provides an introduction to their work in recording the wildlife of Kent and calls on everyone to help in these efforts.
And finally, do have a look at News Wave - Kent's coastal partnerships have been busy helping to ensure our coastal and estuarine environments are cleaner and safer places to enjoy.
I hope you find the Bulletin interesting and useful - if there is anything you would like to see featured in the future please let me know.
Kent Coastal Officer
Tel: 01622 221487
Over 80 people attended the Kent Coastal Network Personal Water Craft seminar on the 18th May in Heme Bay. Hosted Kings Hall and opened by the Lord Mayor of Canterbury Cllr Pat Todd, the event was delivered by Kent County Council in partnership with the Personal Watercraft Partnership, Canterbury City Council, MCA/HM Coastguard, Kent Police, JAWS and Allhallows Yacht Club. The aim of the seminar was to familiarise delegates with current practices in the management and use of PWC and provide the opportunity to share experience and knowledge.
The programme included presentations from the Personal Watercraft Partnership, RYA, Lewis Ecology and a number of the Network's PWC Working Group members. A short summary of the day's key messages can be found on page 7 and the full presentations from PWP, RYA and Lewis Ecology are available from the Kent Coastal Network website.
In the afternoon, delegates had the opportunity to experience a ride on a PWC, during an on water demonstration run by the Personal Watercraft Partnership. Over 25 of the seminar's delegates braved the waves and took part in this demonstration, including the Mayor of Canterbury who said "it was great fun" and that he thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
During the breaks delegates were able to network and make new acquaintances with a wide range of people from many different sectors and also browse the number of exhibition stands.
To close the day Jamie Brown, Freestyle Champion, demonstrated his skills out on the water much to the appreciation of the crowds.
The Kent Coastal Network would like to thank all the partners that helped make this event happen, the speakers and all those that attended and made the day so successful.
jet ski
in this bulletin
PWC Working Group makes a splash
News Wave - a round up of member's
The Marine Bill
Member Focus: KMBRC
PWC Spring Seminar report
Kent coastal research and events -
new marine experiences in Kent and a
request from KMBRC