Reduce the ecological footprint
At Zurich Navigate, our love and intense passion for the sea convinces us to take great care of it.
That’s why we support the extraordinary work of OceanCare.
We invite you to learn more about OceanCare’s advice so that every yachtsman can contribute in his own way to the protection of our seas and oceans.
Your commitment counts: Marine protection tips from OceanCare
Being on the oceans is a lucky thing. As a sailor you have a very special access to our blue planet and to life in the oceans. Protect what you love: In the following you will receive impulses on how you can make a very concrete contribution to the preservation of the marine world.
The sea plays an important role in climate regulation. It absorbs CO2 and generates about half the oxygen we need to breathe. Increasing emissions of greenhouse gases place a heavy burden on the marine ecosystem and reduce the regulation of the climate by the ocean.
- Whenever possible, travel by train instead of car or plane. As a rule of thumb, journeys of less than 1000 km should be made without flights wherever possible.
- Compensate CO2 emissions by supporting climate or marine protection projects.
The oceans are an acoustic habitat. Marine animals depend on hearing for their survival. But underwater it gets louder and louder. Noise is now one of the five greatest threats to marine mammals and one of the ten greatest threats to the oceans in general.
- Enjoy moving around the sea under sail. Whenever possible, avoid driving with a motor.
- Avoid garbage and clean up beaches
- Every year, around 9 million tons of plastic waste are released into the oceans. Hundreds of thousands of dolphins, whales, seals and turtles die; the number of seabirds killed is in the millions.
- Take a reusable drinking bottle and fill it with tap water. If this is not possible, buy water containers as large as possible. – Use reusable bags when shopping and the veggiebag for fruit or vegetables.
- Wherever possible, avoid disposable plastic: cocktails, for example, are delicious even without a straw, and disposable crockery is basically not very appetising.
- Use biodegradable soap – available in many places in fantastic quality – instead of plastic packed shower gels. – Cosmetic products are also available without microplastics. the Codecheck app can help.
- Prefer clothing made of natural fibres. Synthetic fibres peel off during washing and get into the water (to be avoided with the Guppyfriend wash bag).
- Leave beaches cleaner than you find them. Organise a clean-up with friends and acquaintances during your holidays and report about it via social media. – As holiday reading we recommend The Beachcomber’s Guide to Marine Debris – 600 photographs document the wide range of rubbish that lands on beaches and in the oceans. They are spiced with a good pinch of Austrian humour!
No delicacies with a smack
The abundant fish supply in shops and restaurants is deceptive. Worldwide, fish stocks are overfished – in the Mediterranean alone by around 80 percent. The only sustainable solution is to do without fish.
- Why not enjoy seafood or seafood from sustainable and local sources? To eat salmon in the Maldives, for example, is ecological nonsense.
- Do not eat highly endangered species such as swordfish, monkfish, red mullet, hake or tuna.
Wild they are the most beautiful
Dolphinariums convey the image of ever smiling dolphins that want to entertain us. This appearance is deceptive: Many dolphins shown in shows lived one in the sea, were brutally caught and snatched from their families. In concrete pools or sea bays they live a dreary existence. Enjoy dolphins and whales in freedom – and here, too, by far.
- we generally advise against dolphinarium visits.
- Do not swim with dolphins, as this disturbs their natural behaviour.
- Respectfully conducted whale watching is a good way to observe whales and dolphins.
- Enjoy the underwater world while snorkeling and diving, but remember: corals, shells or other sea animals do not want to be touched.
- We wish you enjoyable hours on the sea! Thank you for taking care of this fascinating habitat.
OceanCare has been committed to marine animals and oceans worldwide since 1989. Through research and conservation projects, environmental education campaigns and intensive involvement in international committees, the organization takes concrete steps to improve the living conditions in the world’s oceans. Since July 2011, OceanCare has been recognized by the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations as a special advisor on marine conservation. www.oceancare.org