Sustainability & Conservation

Scuppered Dreams, Abandoned Boats: An environmental threat in pictures

Posted: 7th Oct 2021

Written by: Peter Franklin

The Centre for Aquatic Environments at Brighton University in the UK has released a video outlining current environmental hazards in decommissioning leisure boats, stressing the urgent need for more sustainable practices.

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Sustainability: Putting the Word into Practice

Posted: 26th Aug 2021

Written by: Peter Franklin

Sustainability: it's a word that has become one of the most frequently used and passionately debated over the last decade. And for reasons we are all aware of, even more so during the past 18 months. Read More

United Nations Study Warns of Major Inevitable Climate Change

Posted: 9th Aug 2021

Written by: Naomi Chadderton

"Climate change is not a problem of the future, it's here and now and affecting every region in the world." These are the words of Dr Friederike Otto, one of the many authors on the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, which was released today, 8 August 2021. Read More

Inspiring Ocean Conservation Films to Watch Right Now

Posted: 28th Jul 2021

Written by: Sea Shepherd

Looking for something to watch at home? Sea Shepherd has you covered with ocean conservation films available to stream online. Read More

Summer with Save the Med

Posted: 8th Jul 2021

Written by: OnboardOnline

From shark conservation projects to education and awareness initiatives, it’s been a busy summer for Save the Med. Plus, with the boat refit done and the team having conducted their annual first aid and in water rescue training, everyone is all ready and excited for the 2021 expedition season. Read More

How Teams in The Ocean Race Europe are Taking Action for the Planet

Posted: 2nd Jul 2021

Written by: OnboardOnline

Joining UN Sports for Climate Action, collecting scientific data about the state of the seas, cutting out single-use plastic, measuring and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions were just some of the initiatives taken by the 12 teams competing in The Ocean Race Europe to support the ocean and climate. Read More

Turtle’s Tale Reveals Double Fishing Threat on World Sea Turtle Day

Posted: 16th Jun 2021

Written by: Jasmine Spavieri

The story of a female loggerhead turtle caught twice in fishing gear reveals a dual threat facing many marine animals. Thunderbird was entangled in fishing gear in the Mediterranean off the coast of Mallorca last year, and was subsequently fitted with a satellite tag and freed.
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Five Ways We Can Protect the Global Ocean

Posted: 9th Jun 2021

Written by: Pew Charitable Trusts

From protecting international water with a UN treaty to establishing more fully-protected marine reserves, the Pew Charitable Trusts reminds us about the beauty and importance of our marine wilderness, and how and why we must preserve it for future generations. Read More

How to Have an Environmentally Friendly Yacht Charter

Posted: 9th Jun 2021

Written by: Sarah Mackenzie

The superyacht industry has a responsibility to protect the environment and here West Nautical lists a few practical ways that crews can make their superyacht charter operations more environmentally friendly. Read More

On The Frontlines: Illegal Fishing in Africa: The Must See Follow Up To Seaspiracy

Posted: 24th May 2021

Written by: Sea Shepherd

The waters around Africa are home to a huge array of breathtaking marine animals including many species of tuna, leatherback sea turtles, hammerhead sharks, manta rays, and migratory species such as whale sharks, birds, humpback whales, porpoises and Bryde’s whales. Read More

Zero Emission Propulsion: The Quest Continues

Posted: 30th Apr 2021

Written by: Peter Franklin

A METS webinar about how tugs and a ‘new era of green marine propulsion' kicked off with a concise review of the current situation by Kimmo Lheto, Chairman of the European Tug Owners Association, who ran through the available fuel options. Read More

Implementing Real Change: Sustainability and Superyachts

Posted: 2nd Apr 2021

Written by: Rachel Rowney

As the Covid-19 pandemic has affected the daily realities of the superyacht industry, how many well-intentioned sustainability initiatives have continued and had a genuine impact? And what lessons can we learn from other sectors such as aviation and automotive? Read More

Water Revolution Foundation: A 2021 Update

Posted: 8th Mar 2021

Written by: Water Revolution Foundation

Just over two months into 2021 and Water Revolution Foundation has been busy with everything from holding sustainability training courses to hosting a superyacht designers roundtable to discuss their vital role in the necessary transition towards sustainable yachting. Read More

Four Ways The Ocean Race Is Helping Our Blue Planet In 2021

Posted: 21st Jan 2021

Written by: The Ocean Race

In 2021 there needs to be urgent action to help the ocean, including ambitious work to fight climate change. Here are four ways that The Ocean Race is taking action this year. Read More

Fraser Joins ‘Eyesea’ Initiative to Map Maritime Pollution

Posted: 7th Dec 2020

Written by: Charlotte Bailey

Fraser is proud to be the first yachting company to commit to the Eyesea initiative, which encourages superyachts to map marine pollution using the combination of the unique technology available on board and the significant reach offered by the maritime sector. Read More

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

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