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Yachts Can Fly Blue Flags

By doina — last modified Jun 22, 2003 08:13 AM

Published: 2003-06-22 08:13:56
Topics: Cruising Information

The small individual Blue Flag can be awarded to interested boat owners/users wanting to contribute to the Blue Flag Campaign. The boat owner signs an environmental code of conduct declaring that he/she will act according the issues outlined in the code of conduct.

The following issues are included in the environmental code of conduct:

  • I will not throw garbage into the sea or along the coast
  • I will not release toilet water in the sea in coastal waters and sensitive areas
  • I will not release of poisonous or toxic waste (oil, paint, used batteries, cleaning agents, etc.) in the sea. I will deliver these types of waste to the containers in the marina
  • I will promote and use recycling facilities (glass, paper, etc.)
  • I will use the most environmentally friendly products among paints, anti-foulings, paint remover, detergents, etc, that are available and work efficiently.
  • I will instantly report pollution or other violation of environmental regulations to the authorities
  • I will not use forbidden fishing practice and I will respect periods when fishing is prohibited
  • I will protect animals and plants in the sea, including no disturbance of breeding birds seals or other marine mammals.
  • I will respect vulnerable and nature protected areas
  • I will avoid damage of the sea bottom, e.g. in the way that I anchor
  • I will avoid disturbing fishery or fishing gear
  • I will not buy or use objects made from protected species or from archaeological underwater findings
  • I will encourage other sailors also to take care of the environment.

Details of this can be obtained at http://www.blueflag.org/Boat_criteria.asp

The code of conduct can also be obtained either through one's national Blue Flag co-ordination or through the International Blue Flag Co-ordination in Denmark.

International Blue Flag Co-ordination Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) c/o The Danish Outdoor Council, Scandiagade 13, DK-2450 Copenhagen SV, Denmark

Tel. +45 33 79 00 79 (Mo-Th 10-15, Fr 10-14), Fax +45 33 79 01 79

E-mail: blueflag@blueflag.org

Web: http://www.blueflag.org

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