Ocean Life

IbizaPreservation and Save the Med Join Forces to Eliminate Single-Use Plastics

Posted: 25th Nov 2020

Written by: Sabrina Barceló

Mallorca-based Save the Med Foundation and IbizaPreservation have collaborated to launch 'Plastic Free Balearics'. The project aims to create a certification standard that is largely aimed at the hospitality sector, the main generator of waste in the Balearic Islands. Read More

What Happens to your Garbage when you are Cruising in Remote Regions?

Posted: 17th Nov 2020

Written by: Christelle Holler

For breathtaking scenery and off the beaten track destinations, many are cruising further and further afield. Some adventures are only possible by sea. Nowadays, more and more superyachts are designed and built to be able to explore remote destinations. Read More

Project Menorca: A Successful Marine Environment Programme

Posted: 9th Nov 2020

Written by: British Marine

Following the launch of Sunseeker International and The Blue Marine Foundation’s marine environment programme ‘Project Menorca’ in 2018, numerous positive outcomes have been recorded including a reduction in single-use plastics by local fishmongers and beach cleans. Read More

AMAALA & OceanoScientific Steer Environmental Research Sailing Expedition

Posted: 4th Nov 2020

Written by: Muneira Al Adwani

AMAALA, the ultra-luxury destination along Saudi Arabia’s north western coast, recently took to the seas with Monaco-based OceanoScientific on a two-week scientific expedition to measure the impact of river water pollutants on human and sea life.
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Save the Med Launches new Campaign: Define Humano

Posted: 30th Oct 2020

Written by: Save the Med

Save the Med has announced the launch of their new project, 'Define Humano'. The new initiative, set up in collaboration with Patterson Agency, brings together scientists, environmentalists and creators to redefine together what it is to be human and to co-create the future of humanity. Read More

Superyacht Anchorages Restricted in France to Protect Seagrass

Posted: 20th Oct 2020

Written by: David Robinson

Marine and environmental authorities in the French Alpes-Maritimes on the Cote d’Azur have introduced new laws that restrict anchorage areas in the region for yachts over 20m (66ft) in an action to protect seagrass, which has been a protected species for over 30 years. Read More

Oceanco Launches Pioneering Initiative Oceanco NXT

Posted: 19th Oct 2020

Written by: Emy Artolli

Oceanco NXT brings together a cohort of luminaries in the yachting, technology and design worlds to marry innovation and sustainability in an authentic and meaningful way that will transform how we spend time on superyachts. Read More

Super Yacht Group Launches Great Barrier Reef Census

Posted: 8th Oct 2020

Written by: Joanne Drake

Super Yacht Group, along with Ocean Alliance launch the Great Reef Census, with a flotilla of boats deployed along the Reef’s 2300km length over the next 10 weeks. This will provide the most comprehensive snapshot ever captured of the Reef, of which 40% still remains unexplored. Read More

Orcas in the Strait of Gibraltar: A Captain's Memoir

Posted: 30th Sep 2020

Written by: Captain Dominique Geysen

One of my favourite stories of the seas is about the orcas that visit the Strait of Gibraltar. I have often encountered orcas when sailing, but the most impressive interaction with these extraordinary marine mammals happens between the columns of Hercules.  Read More

What to do if You Find an Entangled Turtle at Sea

Posted: 3rd Sep 2020

Written by: Save the Med

This summer an alarming number of turtles have been found entangled in ghost gear in the Balearic Sea. A few, if lucky, will be found and rescued, but there's an urgent need for education to help solve this growing problem.  Read More

Sea Shepherd Completes Second Clean-up Campaign at Djulpan

Posted: 30th Jul 2020

Written by: Sea Shepherd

Sea Shepherd and the Rangers from the Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation of Northeast Arnhem Land joined forces for a second clean-up campaign at Djulpan, a remote beach in Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory. Together they removed over a tonne of trash a day. Read More

Water Revolution Foundation Kicks off its Second Year

Posted: 6th Jul 2020

Written by: Water Revolution Foundation

After a year that can be characterised by strong industry support and willingness to improve, the inaugural year of Water Revolution Foundation has officially come to an end. The board looks back on this year with pride. Read More

Superyachts and the Environment: Lessons from COVID-19

Posted: 8th Jun 2020

Written by: Zoe Smith

Today on World Oceans Day, West Nautical reflects on the impact of the global pandemic we find ourselves in, as the superyacht industry relies on the planet’s magnificent oceans and beautiful scenery to make sailing worthwhile.
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Adaptive Surface Technologies | Environmentally Friendly Superyacht Hull Coatings

Posted: 4th Jun 2020

Written by: Karen Hockney

As the yachting industry strives to find environmentally friendly solutions, Adaptive Surface Technologies is making giant leaps pioneering hull coatings that don't cause harm to ocean life, particularly in sensitive ecosystems off the beaten track. Read More

Celebrate the World's Largest Mums This Mother's Day

Posted: 6th May 2020

Written by: Sea Shepherd

With Mother’s Day in the US held this Sunday 10th May, it’s the perfect time to celebrate all of the wonderful mothers and carers. And while all mothers deserve recognition, this year we're celebrating whales - the world's largest mums with the biggest hearts! Read More

Growing Number of Sea Life Sightings in Thailand

Posted: 5th May 2020

Written by: Linda Cartlidge

A growing number of sightings of sea life are emerging in Thailand which scientists attribute to the absence of tourists and fishing boats during the coronavirus pandemic, report Captain Charlie Dwyer and Gordon Fernandes. Read More

UNESCO Looks to Yachting to Help Save the Ocean

Posted: 28th Apr 2020

Written by: Rosalinda Much

Dr Emma Heslop, Programme Specialist for the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS), is currently setting up a system for the monitoring of the ocean as part of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021-2030. Read More

Introducing Water Revolution Foundation’s Yacht Assessment Tool

Posted: 9th Apr 2020

Written by: OnboardOnline

Water Revolution Foundation has launched a Yacht Assessment Tool which is designed to revolutionise the design and build processes of superyachts by empowering decision-makers with the information needed to make sustainable choices. Read More

Now is the Time for Green Yachts

Posted: 30th Mar 2020

Written by: Naomi Chadderton

Global warming, climate change and plastic pollution are just three of many forces threatening our planet today, so there’s no better time for the superyacht industry to do its bit and start evaluating its degree of efficiency and sustainability. Read More

Are Yacht Shows Letting the Side Down on Sustainability?

Posted: 1st Mar 2020

Written by: Rebecca Whitlocke

Within the yachting industry, sustainability talk in the media focuses to a large extent on those who design, build or own superyachts. But when it comes to yachting trade shows and events, just how sustainable are we? Read More

Captain Wyanda Lublink - Sea Shepherd's MY Steve Irwin

Posted: 7th Dec 2019

Written by: Karen Hockney

Wyanda's passion for wildlife conservation led her to volunteer in the Australian bush before joining Sea Shepherd Global and working through the ranks to Captain of the M/Y Steve Irwin, one of five vessels fighting to save endangered whales in the Southern Ocean. Read More

Mission Ocean – From Panama to Paradise

Posted: 3rd Dec 2019

Written by: Laura Beard

The shipyard in Shelter Bay, where we hauled out Contigo for a well-needed bottom scrub and some urgent repairs, was literally in the middle of the jungle. For miles there is nothing but thick forest from which howler monkeys complain loudly every time it starts to rain. Read More

Diving Fakarava Atoll: The Mystery of the Groupers

Posted: 2nd Dec 2019

Written by: Christelle Holler

There is a hidden gem in the remote South Pacific called Fakarava, one of the numerous tiny dots on the map of French Polynesia in the Tuamotu archipelago, northeast of Tahiti with a unique and varied ecosystem.
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Sustainability in the Spotlight at METSTRADE 2019

Posted: 28th Nov 2019

Written by: Naomi Chadderton

While superyachts may seem unlikely candidates to boast any green credentials, in recent years the industry has been striving to build, run and dispose of superyachts in ways that are both eco-friendly and won’t cost the earth. Read More

Introducing 'Yachting Gives Back'

Posted: 25th Nov 2019

Written by: Naomi Chadderton

It was Christmas 2018, and Nick Entwisle was sitting at his desk looking down at a jam-packed STP. Hundreds of millions of euros worth of megayachts were lined up and Palma’s biggest shipyard had never been so full. Surely they m... Read More

Disturbing the Deep: Underwater Sound Pollution and the Impact on Marine Life

Posted: 18th Apr 2019

Written by: Nautilus International

Seafarers often complain about the problems of noise onboard ships, especially in terms of sleep disturbance, while the detrimental effects of noise pollution on marine life cannot be overstated. New research raises hopes that a f... Read More

Mission Ocean: Turning Problem Predators into Reef Resources

Posted: 2nd Jan 2019

Written by: Laura Beard

The non-native lionfish has become a big problem in the Caribbean, where it has no natural predators. Able to reproduce every 4 days, the fish has overrun local populations. Its spines discourage human hands but Mission Ocean came... Read More

Mission Ocean: What Nature Can Teach us About Hurricane Defence

Posted: 14th Aug 2018

Written by: Laura Beard

It is undeniable. Hurricanes and natural disasters are getting more frequent – and more violent – with every season that passes. Loss of life and material damage are growing, with an estimated 1.35 million deaths related to hurric... Read More

Mission Ocean: What Nature Can Teach Us About Hurricane Defence

Posted: 2nd Aug 2018

Written by: Laura Beard

It is undeniable. Hurricanes and natural disasters are getting more frequent - and more violent - with every season. Spending time in Dominica and Martinique, we have learnt that mangroves and coral reefs are nature's flood defenc... Read More

Geert Vons, Artist & Director of Sea Shepherd Netherlands

Posted: 26th May 2018

Written by: Karen Hockney

From the moment Sea Shepherd’s Netherlands director Geert Vons and I start chatting, it’s clear that his vision for marine protection differs from the usual scientific approach. A talented artist and tattooist, designer of the ico... Read More

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