- Published on Sunday, 07 October 2012 15:48
- Written by Carlo Caraluzzo
7 October, 2012, Monaco: Not all yacht clubs have high speed Internet at the slips. As it turns out, not all yacht clubs have slips or any facilities at all. The Blue Marine Yacht Club is completely virtual but has been working very hard to help yachting industry firms and super/megayacht owners to get involved in ocean-conservation efforts that are being lead by the two-year old Blue Marine Foundation, which was established by the makers of the documentary End of the Line. This documentary addressed the serious and growing problem of overfishing and the Foundation addresses problems in this area as well as the serious ocean pollution problems that have been growing for decades.
The foundation, formed in 2010, plans to get at least 10% of the globes oceans protected by 2020. While ocean dumping has been against the law for more than 20 years the extended protection will cover many other areas, especially over fishing. When the foundation was first created only 1% of the oceans were protected by that number, in just two years, has grown to 3% and continues to climb slowly, making what seemed like an unreachable goal a potential reality with real promise.
Chris Gorell Barnes, co-owner of Blue Marine Foundation says that marine conservation is severely underfunded. The plan for BMYC is to allow megayacht owners, builders, brokers, marinas and even suppliers of marine supplies to get involved in the effort to clean up and preserve our marine resources. The reality is that without vibrant oceans the yachting industry as a whole will fail and if our environment is not enough encouragement for yachters to get involved, the thought of losing their life-styles might be.
The official announcement was made at the Monaco Boat Show in September and the program allows yacht owners, charterers, marinas and even yacht charter guests to pay add-on rates and supplemental berthing rates in support of oceanic conservation. There are several megayachts already involved in the program, such as Wally Better Place, Hamilton and Vava II. Even HSH Albert II, of Monaco is supporting the foundation. Yachts involved are given a special Blue Burgee, especially designed by Ralph Lauren. The burgee will contain either one, two or three stars, depending on the size of the donation.