The 10 Commandments of the Responsible Sailor
Cigarette butts are one of the most abundant types of garbage in the world's oceans and can take decades to break down. Never ever throw them into the sea – use an ashtray instead!
Marine debris not only harms important habitats and wildlife but can also damage your boat. Remember the 4 Rs: Refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle – and clean up!
GO BEYOND PLASTIC
Refuse single-use plastic. Say no to plastic dishes, glasses, cutlery and straws! For your meals, use only reusable or biodegradable and compostable dinnerware.
Filling up fuel tanks is one of the most common ways to unintentionally pollute our seas, harming both animals and plants. Remember to pay attention!
CHECK WHERE YOU ARE
When sailing, be sure to always check your charts and assess the bottom conditions before anchoring. Respect the Marine Reserves’ rules and do not anchor in sensitive areas like seagrass meadows.
Make responsible choices when you’re shopping for groceries. Buy local products and ask for information about the sustainability and origin of the fish you’re about to eat.
Check the ingredients in your sunscreen. Avoid products that contain oxybenzone – it’s toxic to your health and to the environment.
The cleaning products that you use onboard end up in the sea and can be harmful to marine life and the overall ecosystem. Be sure to use non-toxic and biodegradable soaps and cleaners.
Remember: when you’re at sea, you’re a guest. To live an unforgettable experience with the wildlife you meet, keep a safe distance and an adequate speed so you can enjoy the wonders of nature.
BLACKWATER & ANTI-FOULING PAINT
Don’t dischargeblackwater into the sea – always use the pumpout stations on the dock. Be sure to avoid copper-based antifouling paints and choose eco-friendly alternatives. They usually last longer!