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Legislation

Amending current legislation and potentially passing new legislation could ensure SAS's three main concerns are addressed appropriately.

The basis for parliamentary debate and improved legislation could centre around the following:

  • The recognition and protection of the dynamics needed to produce surfing waves - such as wave height and period; swell direction and distance travelled; peel angle; wind speed and direction and bathymetry/geographical features. These are all found within the swell corridor and the coast where the waves break. This could be achieved by amending the Marine & Coastal Access Act 2009.
  • The strengthening and enforcement of Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs) discharge consents to ensure that there are no more than 3 raw sewage discharges during the bathing season and no more than 9 discharges outside the bathing season. Delivery of regulation to ensure surfers and recreational water users receive real time warnings about CSO discharges at affected locations. Currently, some CSOs are consented to discharge an unlimited number of times annually. These improvements could be achieved without new legislation with amendments to the Bathing Water Directive and/or the Water Framework Directive, however, Government support is lacking.
  • Beach managers should have to carry out at least one beach clean every three months to prevent the dangerous and unsightly accumulations of marine litter. This could be included in a revision to the Clean Neighbourhood and Environment Act 2005.