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Our Harbour Master, Ross, is currently off work and likely to be off for the next 4 weeks. In his absence Sandy Brodie, the Harbour Operations Manager will assume all authority of the Harbour Master. Sandy can be contacted here

Spotlight On: Operation Seabird

A rise in marine life disturbances being reported and the predicted rise in numbers of visitors to our coastlines due to the stay local and staycation messages for Summer 2021,  has led to the creation of the Operation Seabird (#opseabird) campaign which has been designed to educate and inform visitors to our coastlines.

Operation Seabird is the brainchild of Geoff Edmond, the National Wildlife Coordinator for the RSPCA.  Whilst working with North Yorkshire and Humberside Police there were increased reports of dolphins being seen in the area attracting close attention and creating disturbance concerns as well as increasing reports of disturbance to seals.

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Recreational marine crafts had also been spotted getting close to the cliffs and disturbing the nesting seabirds who live there.

Geoff and his team established there was a joint prescribed need by the community and the local area to provide positive education and information to visitors in coastal areas. Operation Seabird hopes to tackle these problems by providing education and guidance to prevent wildlife disturbances from occurring in the first place and prosecute with the support of the local police forces and the MMO where necessary.

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Geoff said: 

The Message of Operation Seabird is that we want people to enjoy the beautiful wildlife in this country, but we don’t want it to be disturbed. People need to have respect and to know when to keep a safe distance from marine life. The RSPCA values the endorsement of the MMO in the Operation Seabird programme.

By being a partner in Operation Seabird, organisations like the MMO  are in agreement with the message to the general public to watch seals, dolphins, nesting birds from a safe distance and if any disturbances are witnessed, to report to the relevant authorities.

Due to the success of Operation Seabird locally in North and East Yorkshire this will be launched nationally on the 4 June 2021 at North Bay Beach in Scarborough, North Yorkshire. North Yorkshire Police and Humberside police are planning to be in attendance as well as representatives from MMO and RSPCA.

Doplphins

Targeted ‘Days of Action’ events will be taking place at UK coastlines across the Summer to focus on the specific concerns regarding marine life for that area.  This is a police led operation, which is now being adopted by other coastal Police Forces who are embracing this operation, working with the MMO and RSPCA in partnership with local nature partnerships and other conservation organisations.

The overall aim will be to raise the profile of the programme, engaging with boat operators, jet ski operators and the public, and providing clear guidance on how to protect the marine wildlife in that area.

COVID safety guidance for harbour users

North Berwick Harbour is subject to the Scottish Government Level 2 restrictions.  Find out the rules on what you can and cannot do at https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-protection-levels/pages/protection-level-2/

Activity related guidance can be found at:

Public toilets, serviced by East Lothian Council, are open at the harbour.  Additional facilities, including accessible public toilets open from 9.00am to 8.00pm, are located at Quality Street, North Berwick, 320m away along Victoria Road:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Public+Toilets/@56.0599573,-2.7195642,16.17z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0xd2a99a7ff9ae0be5!8m2!3d56.0584118!4d-2.7171993

We are looking for new members

North Berwick Harbour Trust Association is seeking to recruit additional members to serve on the committee of the Trust. If you are interested in promoting our charitable objectives and the interests of the harbour and its users, and are prepared to give some of your time and skills then please get in touch.

The positions are unpaid and for an undefined term. For further information and an application pack please contact Jane McMinn by email chair@nbharbour.org.uk; alternatively visit our web site at www.nbharbour.org.uk

The Trust is looking for applicants with a wide range of skills and in particular skills in Project Management; Property Management and Maintenance; and Software Systems including financial. Preference will be given to applicants who live within approximately 15 miles of North Berwick.

Interviews are expected to be held during September.

COVID 19 Phase 3 Guidance – Issue 3 – 6th Aug 2020

Please find  below the current COVID guidance for the Harbour.

Regrettably previous guidance has been ignored and a rule must now be introduced to prevent use of other people’s property without permission.  This includes using other boats for access.

The Harbour Master will record any infringements. Harbour facilities may be withdrawn from those who choose to ignore the health of others.

  • If you need to make use of someone else’s property for access (boat, ladder, punt; etc) – seek permission – leave it clean.  Seek to dissuade others from taking access via other people’s property.

At this time ELYC continue to extend the use of their punts to other harbour users.  Please observe the previously issued guidance for their use.


Phase 3 restrictions of the Scot Gov route map for moving out of lockdown are likely to be in place for at least another four weeks further

Individual sports and trade bodies have their own guidance on Phase 2 measures.  Please read and understand them. These guidelines are concerned with the use of harbour facilities:

  • Arrival – there is no car parking available at the harbour
  • Seating around the harbour is extremely limited
  • Movement around the harbour – be considerate and maintain social distance
  • Use of facilities – leave it clean – bring sanitising and cleaning material with you
  • Specific areas of the harbour may remain closed to discourage public gathering

Scottish Government advice and guidance should always be followed

  • Physical distancing requirements are still in place – stay a minimum distance of 2 meters apart.

Specific guidance is published and updated here:

https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-phase-2-staying-safe-and-protecting-others/pages/meeting-others/

The fundamentals of hygiene continue to apply when participating in outdoors activity: avoid touching surfaces with your hands, sharing equipment and touching your mouth and face. Please follow advice on the NHS Inform website about hygiene and wash your hands as soon as you get home

Some rules:

  • The Harbour Master’s Office is out of bounds. To contact the Harbour Master, use the phone, email, or talk outside maintaining the appropriate social distance.
  • A contractor’s compound is still on the Esplanade and is in use.  Do not take vehicles on to the Esplanade.  Do not leave boats on the Esplanade.
  • If you need to make use of someone else’s property for access (boat, ladder, punt; etc) – seek permission – leave it clean.  Seek to dissuade others from taking access via other people’s property.

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Some guidance:

All users should be mindful of their impact on other harbour users:

  • Maintain a 2m social distance at all times – except children 11 years and under.  Allow extra time to get afloat; at busy times you may have to wait while others, including members of the public, move around you.
  • Be considerate when preparing and moving equipment.  Do not leave equipment unattended in areas where others move around. On the beach, safe passage for the public must be maintained.
  • Be prepared to cancel your plans.  If the harbour is too busy to ensure safe social distancing come back another time.  The harbour (or certain areas) may be closed at the discretion of the Harbour Master; please respect his decisions.
  • Be conservative when planning any activity and stay well within your capabilities. 
  • Assume it’s infected – leave it clean”.  Bring material with you to clean public surfaces and hands
  • Gloves may protect you, but they can transfer virus from one surface to another – leave it clean
  • The washdown facility is open but should be cleaned before and after use.
  • If you intend going afloat alone, please consider;

Further changes likely:

  • A one-way system may be introduced across the back of the harbour as other facilities and contractors working on the north west wall return; please observe.

COVID 19 Phase 3 Guidelines V0.1

COVID 19 Phase 2 Guidance – Issue 2 – 3 July 2020

On Thursday 3rd July 2020 the First Minister announced some relaxation of Phase 2 restrictions of the Scot Gov route map for moving out of lockdown.

Individual sports and trade bodies have their own guidance on Phase 2 measures.  Please read and understand them. These guidelines are concerned with the use of harbour facilities:

  • Arrival – there is no car parking available at the harbour
  • Seating around the harbour is extremely limited
  • Movement around the harbour – be considerate and maintain social distance
  • Use of facilities – leave it clean – bring sanitising and cleaning material with you
  • Specific areas of the harbour may remain closed to discourage public gathering

Scottish Government advice and guidance should always be followed

  • Physical distancing requirements are still in place Children over 11 years and adults must stay a minimum distance of 2 meters apart when meeting others from outside their household.
  • Meeting others is limited – No gathering of more than 8 people is permitted 

Specific guidance on meeting others outdoors is published here https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-phase-2-staying-safe-and-protecting-others/pages/meeting-others/The fundamentals of hygiene continue to apply when participating in outdoors activity: avoid touching surfaces with your hands, sharing equipment and touching your mouth and face. Please follow advice on the NHS Inform website about hygiene and wash your hands as soon as you get home.

Some guidance:

All users should be mindful of their impact on other harbour users:

  • Maintain a 2m social distance at all times – except children 11 years and under.  Allow extra time to get afloat; at busy times you may have to wait while others, including members of the public, move around you.
  • Be considerate when preparing and moving equipment.  Do not leave equipment unattended in areas where others move around. On the beach, safe passage for the public must be maintained.
  • Be prepared to cancel your plans.  If the harbour is too busy to ensure safe social distancing come back another time.  The harbour (or certain areas) may be closed at the discretion of the Harbour Master; please respect his decisions.
  • Be conservative when planning any activity and stay well within your capabilities. 
  • Assume it’s infected – leave it clean”.  Bring material with you to clean public surfaces and hands
  • If you need to make use of someone else’s property for access (boat, ladder, punt; etc) – seek permission – leave it clean
  • Gloves may protect you, but they can transfer virus from one surface to another – leave it clean
  • The washdown facility is open but should be cleaned before and after use.
  • If you intend going afloat alone, please consider;

Some rules:

  • The Harbour Master’s Office is out of bounds. To contact the Harbour Master, use the phone, email, or talk outside maintaining the appropriate social distance.
  • A contractor’s compound is still on the Esplanade and is in use.  Do not take vehicles on to the Esplanade.  Do not leave boats on the Esplanade.

Further changes likely:

  • A one-way system may be introduced across the back of the harbour as other facilities and contractors working on the north west wall return; please observe.

Regards

Bill Roberts

Secretary & Harbour Manager

COVID 19 Phase 1 Guidance – Issue 1 – 29 May 2020

On Thursday 28th May 2020 the First Minister announced that from 29th May water sports would be included in the list of exercise and activity permitted during Phase 1 of the Scot Gov route map for moving out of lockdown.

Individual sports and trade bodies have their own guidance on Phase 1 measures. Please read and understand them. These guidelines are concerned with the use of harbour facilities:

• Arrival – there is no car parking available at the harbour
• Seating around the harbour is extremely limited
• Movement around the harbour – be considerate and maintain social distance
• Use of facilities – leave it clean – bring sanitising and cleaning material with you
• Specific areas of the harbour may remain closed to discourage public gathering

Scottish Government advice and guidance should always be followed

Physical distancing requirements are still in place People must stay a minimum distance of 2 meters apart when meeting others from outside their household.

Travel is still restricted. You are permitted to travel short distances for outdoor leisure and exercise but strongly advised to stay within a short distance of your local community (broadly within 5 miles) and travel by walk, wheel or cycle where possible

Meeting others is limited You may meet up with another household outdoors in small numbers, less than 8, but with physical distancing required and only meet with one other household per day.

No public gatherings are permitted Except for meetings of two households, outdoors and with physical distancing

• This means that events such as organised races, club trips and events that would involve people from more than two households meeting at the harbour are not permitted.

Specific guidance on meeting others outdoors and travel for exercise is published here . The fundamentals of hygiene continue to apply when participating in outdoors activity: avoid touching surfaces with your hands, sharing equipment and touching your mouth and face. Please follow advice on the NHS Inform website about hygiene and wash your hands as soon as you get home.
Some guidance:

All users should be mindful of their impact on other harbour users:

• Maintain a 2m social distance at all times. Allow extra time to get afloat; at busy times you may have to wait while others, including members of the public, move around you.

• Be considerate when preparing and moving equipment. Do not leave equipment unattended in areas where others move around. On the beach, safe passage for the public must be maintained.

• Be prepared to cancel your plans. If the harbour is too busy to ensure safe social distancing come back another time. The harbour (or certain areas) may be closed at the discretion of the Harbour Master; please respect his decisions.

• Be conservative when planning any activity and stay well within your capabilities. No group activities are allowed during Phase 1.

• “Assume it’s infected – leave it clean”. Bring material with you to clean public surfaces and hands

• If you need to make use of someone else’s property for access (boat, ladder, punt; etc) – seek permission – leave it clean

• Gloves may protect you, but they can transfer virus from one surface to another – leave it clean

• The washdown facility can create a pinch point – do not use. It may be locked off.

• If you intend going afloat alone, please consider;

Some rules:

• The Harbour Master’s Office is out of bounds. To contact the Harbour Master, use the phone, email, or talk outside maintaining the appropriate social distance.

• A contractor’s compound is still on the Esplanade and will be live from 1st June. Do not take vehicles on to the Esplanade. Do not leave boats on the Esplanade.

Further changes likely:

• A one-way system is likely to be introduced across the back of the harbour as other facilities and contractors working on the north west wall return; please observe.

Regards

Bill Roberts
Secretary & Harbour Manager
North Berwick Harbour Trust Association
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North Berwick Harbour COVID 19 Restrictions

The harbour is closed for all recreational use. No leisure craft may launch from the harbour, slipway or piers.

Commercial Fishermen and other working boats may continue to operate but must follow the Scottish and/or UK government guidance for safe working practices. The following links give general government and RYA advice for sailors.

www.gov.uk covid 19 shipping and sea ports guidance

www.forthports.co.uk Notice to Mariners COVID 19 Guidance

www.rya.org.uk coronavirus advice and information for recreational use

East Lothian Council harbour protocol: Notice to Mariners