4 Sunseeker launches Project Menorca
Sunseeker has announced its first major conservation project with charity partner Blue Marine Foundation. Aimed at protecting the marine environment around Menorca, it was launched at the Southampton Boat Show by Blue Marine ambassador Simon Le Bon.
How will Project Menorca work?
By removing plastics and discarded fishing nets, working with local fisheries to create a sustainable fishing model, installing eco-moorings to preserve the island’s seagrass beds and reducing the use of plastic bags on the island. The project will also recruit rangers to patrol Menorca’s marine reserves.
Simon Clare, marketing director at Sunseeker, said: “We’ve chosen Menorca because the Balearics is such a key boating area but we are looking to go further afield to try to build these projects around the world. Blue has got a mission to protect 30% of oceans by 2030 and we want to be part of that. If we don’t do something quickly the next generation of boaters won’t have a particularly nice environment to go boating in, so we know it’s going to resonate with our owners and the wider boating community.”
What is Menorca’s status at the moment?
While the island has a marine reserve off its north coast and was designated a UNESCO Biosphere site in 1993, this was never extended to include the ocean. Rory Moore, senior project manager at the Blue Marine Foundation, said that: “When I came to Menorca I was amazed by the amount of big fish here as they don’t exist elsewhere in the Mediterranean. But the marine protected areas are not being properly patrolled and the fish population is dwindling, so this is the perfect time to get involved.”
When will the first eco-anchors be installed?
Permanent eco-moorings (pictured right) corkscrew into the seabed for visiting boats to pick up, reducing damage from anchors ploughing up seagrass. There will be 40 in the first phase, which will almost certainly increase as the project develops. One area identified as a potential site is the anchorage around Illa de l’aire.
How can owners get involved?
Prospective Sunseeker owners will be approached via the dealer sales process to share and get involved in the project. Involvement may be specifically for the Menorca project, via the Blue Marine Yacht Club, in which there are three tiers of membership, or potentially a new project relevant to their boating region. Depending on the level of donation, members will have the opportunity to take a guided tour of the project in Menorca or may even have naming rights in this or other projects. Non-owners are also welcome to get involved with the project and can donate at www.sunseeker.com/blue.
ECO- FRI ENDLY Sunseeker is joining forces with Blue Marine to protect the waters around Menorca