A single regulation for marine protected areas? Overwhelming victory for “Yes”


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maddalenaOne of the hot topics in Italy’s fight against bureaucracy, along with the one concerning the change of flags, is the one in which our marine protected areas are the negative protagonists. Or rather, to be more precise, those often abstruse regulations, and different from region to region, that make it increasingly difficult for boaters to enjoy Italy’s most beautiful areas.

An economic damage as well, because as is already the case in other nations (see France), proper management of marine protected area entrances, moorings and buoy fields not only preserves the land but also allows the economy to move and the areas themselves to be self-sustaining.

We asked you what you think about the need to create a single Italian regulation for all our different marine protected areas, effectively overriding the “sovereignty” of individual regions. Perhaps the victory of “YES” in our poll was predictable, but not the numbers: 84% of voters were in favor.

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The comments you sent us also reflect the voting pattern. George writes to us, for example, “As usual, most pull the water to their own mill, pretending not to understand that the protection of such delicate property goes beyond the personal enjoyment of the same (to which, moreover, one does NOT have the right, being precisely protected areas, i.e., state-owned areas not freely accessible).
Each of these areas may have special characteristics such that they require different management approaches. And each of these areas may be in its own particular situation administratively, such that some things are possible and not others.
It should not be forgotten that if restrictions exist it is certainly not because the totality of boaters are responsible, respectful and well-behaved.
The fact that some are handled poorly or even wrongly does not justify any claim.”

And again, Umberto even begins to reason about the ways of access:“Peculiarities are there and can remain but commonalities are needed example:
-since they were established to make cash, that the money collected be reinvested to the last euro only on education and information projects and not on the salaries of those who work there or from fines.
-that those who establish it are obliged to mark its limits with unambiguous markings that comply with European maritime regulations.
-Thatsailing is allowed.

You , what do you think?



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