We are very happy to announce a new partnership with the Spanish Cruising Association Anavre . To show their support they offered us a honorary membership, for which we care absolutely grateful. We received the honorary membership from Oliver Solanas, vice president of Anavre, in the presence of the reporters from TV Canarias. Solanas:” With this gesture and help we hope to interest other associations, companies and institutions to join this important initiative for the environment.” Being supported by an official cruising association means a lot to us. By working together Anavre and Ocean Conservation aim to give cruising more meaning by creating awareness about… Read More
The subject of microplastics is becoming an issue on the Canary Islands. There are initiatives to ban plastics from the beaches and offer suggestions to reduce the use of plastic, like The Clean Ocean Project on Fuerteventura and the ULPGC, the University of Las Palmas, is investigating microplastics in the waters of the Canary Islands under the name of Proyecto Microtrofic. The news on TV Canarias also picked up the subject , and interviewed us about it and about our activities. We talked about the importance of the oceans in general, the waste problem and our work with 5 Gyres and Adventurers… Read More
Past year we worked hard on the ‘Orion‘ to get ready for upcoming events and projects. Let us enlighten you about what these events, that will take place on and around the Canary Islands, will be. Purpose The purpose of these events is to create an increased awareness of the importance of the oceans among the people of the Canary Islands and their visitors. Not only do we want to focus on the problems that plastic pollutions are causing to the marine ecosystem, we also want to show the beauty and abundance of wildlife of this part of the Atlantic… Read More
The results of the ASC-ARC microplastic project are here! The project, a co-production between Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation, the World Cruising Club and Ocean Conservation and Research, took place during the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers of 2014. Emily Stifler Wolfe from Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation made an infograph about the results of the 602.000 square Nautical Miles area that the 93 participating boats covered to collect the samples. A stunning 97,5% of the samples contained pieces of microplastic; 2 of them had too many particles to count, according to scientist Abby Barrows. We are going to give a… Read More
Last Saturday we joined a beach clean up, organized by the community of Santa Lucia, Gran Canaria. The ‘Bahia de Formas’ is a beach that is not very known by tourists; it is mostly visited by local people. You have to drive a few roads off the beaten track to get there, past industrial areas and greenhouses. The community organizes beach clean ups throughout the year, to make people more aware about the environment, which is a really good initiative! For us it was a nice opportunity to meet new people, representing not only Ocean Conservation but also OceansWatch Atlantic. Upon… Read More
Ocean Conservation has so far been a privately financed initiative, so we are glad with every donation and sponsorship! Emilio Minnai from Dutch company Bramer from Sliedrecht supplied us with a great amount of disks for the upcoming jobs on the hull. Silvia Langermans from Muns Techniek organized everything. Thanks a lot for your support!
Our partner Alianza Tiburiones Canarias is organising a solidarity run in honour of World Ocean Day on June 7th 2015, in Arinaga, Gran Canaria. Starting at noon, you can participate and walk/run along the coastline, with Atlantic Ocean views. This matches this year’s Ocean Day Theme ‘Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet’ perfectly! So if you are around on Gran Canaria you are more than welcome in Arinaga , at the Biblioplaya at the waterfront. The run starts at 12.00. We will be there to support them, and to give information about our own activities. It will also be the first time… Read More
We are very excited to have signed a partnership agreement with OceansWatch ! Working closely together is a logical step, since OceansWatch projects are carried out from sailing yachts and since we dedicate ourselves and our vessel to ocean conservation projects. Promoting and supporting OceansWatch’s work worldwide, we will start on the Canary Islands as members of the newly started committee ‘OceansWatch Atlantic’. This committee will work on starting activities and projects in the Atlantic Ocean, including West African coastal areas. Very much looking forward to working together!
Last November 100 ARC participants took 6 empty bottles each to take samples for the microplastics project from our partner Adventureres and Scientists for Conservation. High time for a little update: Eventually 546 out of the 600 (91%!) bottles were delivered in St. Lucia. After they were collected by the ARC-team, they were shipped to Florida, where they had to wait a very long time before being transported to Maine, where the Laboratory is situated. The reason for the long delay was the severe winter in the North East of the USA; Abby Barrows, the leading scientist on the ASC Microplastics… Read More