SUNSEEKER HOSTS TWO DAY EVENT FOR PROJECT MENORCA LAUNCH

Project Menorca’, Sunseeker’s new marine conservation programme was recently launched with a two-day event on the Balearic island. The Sunseeker exec team met with Rory Moore, Project Manager from Blue Marine Foundation (BLUE) and Rebecca Morris from the Menorca Preservation Fund, along with a host of local stakeholders including representatives from the LEADER association, OBSAM and the local fishing association. Members of the media were also invited to the launch to find out more about the issues that threaten the island. They included titles from the marine sector, lifestyle, national and international media.

Working closely with BLUE, a UK-based charity dedicated to creating marine reserves, the new project will establish a recognised model of conservation, supported by these local partners.

Menorca was declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1993 however, the island still faces increased pressure from unregulated fishing, tourism and pollution, while the current marine protection scheme is proving ineffective. ‘Project Menorca’ will support local fisheries in creating a model of sustainable fishing, establish a network of ‘eco-moorings’ to preserve seagrass beds, protect marine reserves by removing plastics and ‘ghost’ fishing nets, distribute recyclable bags across the island and recruit on-water rangers for various marine monitoring programmes.

This challenge presents an ideal opportunity to make a tangible difference in protecting Menorca’s marine environment and Sunseeker aims to widen the programme worldwide. Boaters of any brand are encouraged to learn more about the project by visiting www.sunseeker.com/blue where a donation link can be found.

With the launch of Project Menorca, Sunseeker is encouraging everyone to think about how they can help protect our most valuable resource. For more information on the project and to find out how you can help the cause, visit: www.sunseeker.com/blue.

General

  • 50% of oxygen comes from the oceans
  • The oceans absorb over 25% of human emitted CO2
  • 90% of fish stocks are overexploited
  • Since 1950 90% of large fish have gone
  • One billion people depend on fish as their main source of protein
  • Scientists agree that 10% of ocean must be protected by 2020 and 30% by 2030 for a healthy ocean to be sustainable
  • We produce 300 million tons of plastic each year, five times what we produced 50 years ago
  • 50% of plastic made is single use
  • More than 8 million tons of plastic are dumped into our oceans every year
  • More than 50% of marine debris, including plastic, will sink

Menorca

  • The Mediterranean Sea was once a diverse and thriving ecosystem
  • Fish stocks have collapsed with 93% overexploited
  • The Med has lost 41% of marine mammals and 34% of fish over the last 50 years
  • 10,000 marine species are present in the Med but are threatened by pollution, climate change and overfishing
  • Seagrass beds trap 35 times more CO2 than rainforests but are disappearing due to damage and pollution

Project Menorca

  • Sunseeker and BLUE are working to save a particularly important area of the Mediterranean Sea
  • Eco-moorings will help to protect seagrass beds and encourage responsible boating
  • Ghost nets will be removed in a collaborative initiative with fishers
  • Scientific surveys will highlight the importance of marine conservation
  • Existing marine protected areas will be better enforced
  • Education and awareness programmes will help the local population and tourists to understand the need to protect Menorca’s marine resources
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