I rarely get an adverse reaction from most of the people I come in contact with in regard to sea kayaking. Most of them say, hey that looks like fun. In my memory there has been only a couple of fishermen in their fishing boats that expressed any reservations about the ability of my craft to deal with the conditions at the time. They had no knowledge at all about kayaks.
The last thing any politician, or government official need concern themselves with is kayaking. I'm sure they have enough to do with many other issues now days.