Ocean Life

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

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

Mission Ocean: Dominica after Hurricane Maria

Posted: 19th Apr 2018

Written by: Laura Beard

Sitting between Martinique and Guadeloupe, Dominica is one of the lesser-known Caribbean islands, popular with hikers, nature-lovers and bird-watchers due to its lush volcanic landscapes. Mission Ocean had always planned to stop o... Read More

Mission Ocean: Island Hopping and Beach Cleaning in the Cape Verdes

Posted: 6th Mar 2018

Written by: Laura Beard

Mission Ocean spent about a month in the Cape Verdes (including Christmas and the New Year), hopping from island to island with our two volunteer crew members. If you’ve never visited this archipelago off the west coast of Africa,... Read More

Gary Stokes, Sea Shepherd Asia

Posted: 1st Mar 2018

Written by: Karen Hockney

Gary Stokes is not a man to shy away from ambitious goals. The director of Sea Shepherd Asia has set himself a target of ridding Hong Kong of the shark fin trade. It’s a tall order but as someone who played a pivotal role in one o... Read More

Mission Ocean: Plastic Pollution Workshops in Tenerife

Posted: 6th Feb 2018

Written by: Laura Beard

The Mission Ocean team are on a world tour in their 42 foot catamaran with the sole aim of discovering more about the seas that sustain us. During a week-long stay in the Canary Islands there was no rest for Mission Ocean. A packe... Read More

Rob Read, Sea Shepherd UK

Posted: 11th Jan 2018

Written by: Karen Hockney

When Rob Read started volunteering with Sea Shepherd a decade ago, he never dreamed that one day he would head up the UK arm of the marine conservation organisation. Since then, the former environmental scientist has led a difficu... Read More

Mission Ocean: Marine Life in Mallorca

Posted: 2nd Jan 2018

Written by: Laura Beard

The Mission Ocean team have completed their first scientific expedition in the north of Mallorca, in partnership with Asociación Ondine. The objective was to gather data on the flora and fauna between Formentor and Soller which wi... Read More

Marquesas Islands: A Marine Ecosystem at Stake?

Posted: 4th Dec 2017

Written by: Christelle Holler

French Polynesia, an archipelago of 118 islands, has been subject to many conservation measures endorsed by the local government over the past 15 years. This has helped protect marine wildlife in a pollution free environment and ... Read More

Captain Paul Watson, Founder Sea Shepherd - Part II

Posted: 2nd Dec 2017

Written by: Karen Hockney

To mark the 40th anniversary of Sea Shepherd, OnboardOnline chatted to founder Captain Paul Watson about the genesis of the marine conservation movement. In part II of our exclusive interview, Paul discusses his ongoing battles ag... Read More

Interview: Captain Paul Watson, Founder of Sea Shepherd

Posted: 18th Nov 2017

Written by: Karen Hockney

To mark the 40th anniversary of Sea Shepherd, OnboardOnline sat down with founder Captain Paul Watson for an exclusive interview about the genesis of the non-profit marine conservation movement and why he believes the environment ... Read More

Tiptoe Through the Tulips on Trash Island

Posted: 6th Nov 2017

Written by: Glynne Fletcher

We as humans have an impact on the environment, a fact that we cannot get away from. It doesn’t really matter if you believe the human race is responsible for global warming or not. We need to take steps to stop using excessive re... Read More

Update from Asociación Ondine in the Balearics

Posted: 15th Oct 2017

Written by: Asociación Ondine

The last few months have been a busy time for Asociación Ondine. Here are some of the things we are doing to protect the oceans and reduce single-use plastic in the Balearic islands. All of this is made possible thanks to our memb... Read More

Maiden Voyage for Mission Ocean

Posted: 17th Jun 2017

Written by: Laura Beard

Earlier this month, Mission Ocean sailed for the first time on the catamaran that is destined to become our HQ, a platform for oceanographic research, a center of learning to raise awareness of marine pollution, and also our home ... Read More

Captain Adam Meyerson - Sea Shepherd's MY Ocean Warrior

Posted: 3rd Jun 2017

Written by: Karen Hockney

Meeting M/Y Ocean Warrior Captain Adam Meyerson - even over a dodgy Skype connection - is something of a privilege. It’s not every day you get to interview someone whose day job is to hunt down whalers and illegal fishing craft ... Read More

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