European Boating Industry (EBI), the organization representing the recreational boating sector in Europe, announces its partnership with the NGO The SeaCleaners, created by sailor and ecologist Yvan Bourgnon, with the aim of strengthening its actions to protect the marine environment and combat plastic pollution.
As part of this collaboration, The SeaCleaners, which has made prevention and awareness a focal point of its action against plastic pollution, will develop and distribute educational tools, such as a “plastic waste collection manual”. This booklet will be distributed to boaters to encourage them to take action against this scourge, which has a deadly impact on marine biodiversity and contaminates coastal waters and the high seas.
Businesses and boaters will be invited to participate in SeaCleaners’ voluntary observation program. Under this program, they will carry out missions to observe floating plastic pollution in the areas of the world most affected by this phenomenon. The observations will be processed, analyzed and used to create a baseline database on global plastic pollution. This will improve the relevance of public policies, on land or at sea, aimed at reducing plastic pollution and protecting marine biodiversity.
Finally, companies in the marine industry will be offered the opportunity to contribute to the construction and outfitting of the Manta, a pioneering solution for the collection and recovery of floating plastic macro-waste that will be launched in 2024. The Manta will be the first offshore vessel capable of collecting and mass processing floating ocean waste before it breaks down and enters the marine ecosystem in a sustainable manner, thanks to its on-board facility.
Explains Jean-Pierre Goudant, president of EBI: “The European Union has estimated that the cost of environmental damage caused by plastic pollution in Europe will be €22 billion until 2030. We are convinced that all maritime stakeholders must make a determined effort against plastic pollution. Through our partnership with the NGO The SeaCleaners, we are proud to take another step forward by supporting a great project and giving the industry access to concrete resources to take action.”
Yvan Bourgnon, president and founder of The SeaCleaners: “Plastic pollution is a major ecological threat on a global scale. There is an urgent need to act on all fronts, both preventively and curatively.” And all actors have a duty to take the necessary steps to contribute to this fight.” We are infinitely proud that the European boating industry, a major player in the European maritime sector, is positioning itself so firmly at the forefront of the fight alongside us.”
(European Boating Industry intensifies initiatives against ocean plastic pollution – Barchemagazine.com )