Environment

A collection of environmental resources

General

Useful Resources

  • A sailor’s guide to whales and dolphins

    Useful report by Yachting Monthly with descriptions of species and photos, plus a list of sites where you can record your sightings.

    http://www.yachtingmonthly.com/cruising-life/a-sailors-guide-to-whales-and-dolphins-31112

    Posted July 2015.... Read More

  • Atlas of Marine Protection

    MPAtlas.org, a project of the Marine Conservation Institute, was launched in 2012 as a way to provide a more nuanced picture of global marine protection.... Read More

  • Marine Wildlife Viewing Regulations: Canada

    This guide provides information about how far you need to be from marine mammals when viewing them in Canada. It also outlines illegal actions including,... Read More

  • Ocean Crusaders

    Educating children on issues our oceans are facing. The primary goal of the Ocean Crusaders campaign is educating youth through their primary school education program.... Read More

  • Satellite-based Sargassum Watch System (SaWS)

    The Sargassum Watch System (SaWS) is designed to use satellite data and numerical models to detect and track pelagic Saragassum in near-real-time. Find out more... Read More

  • Whale Watching Regulations: Washington State

    Regulations are in place in both Canada and the US which require vessels to keep 200 yards/meters away from endangered Southern resident killer whales. These... Read More

  • Wider Caribbean’s Marine Protected Areas (CaMPAM)

    A useful database of MPAs in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean region. All Marine Parks are MPAs, and therefore if wanting to find out... Read More

Reports

  • INSIGHTS: Cruising Kindly – Part 1

    Date Published - February 17, 2020

    INSIGHTS continues with a two-part article from Richard Chesher, marine scientist and author of the Rocket Guides for New Caledonia and Vanuatu, on how to... Read More

News

  • Thailand: Nine Britons Rescued from burning yacht off Phuket

    Date Published - November 07, 2018

    Nine British tourists were rescued, on the 3rd November, from their burning yacht after it was struck by lightning. The incident occurred whilst they were... Read More

Citizen Science

Through citizen science projects it is easy to team up with scientists to contribute valuable data to a variety of marine studies. There are many projects to choose from, on a wide range of topics offering a variety of levels of involvement. Research expeditions, especially offshore, can be very expensive – so scientists often welcome data from volunteers.

Useful Resources

  • 2016 Greenland Climate project

    Citizen science projects in the Arctic by sailors: Arctic melt; microplastics; ocean gyres; ocean acidification . . .

    http://www.oceanresearchproject.org/

     ... Read More

  • 5 Gyres TrawlShare program

    Researching plastic pollution, cruisers can enroll in this programme and trawl for microplastics in the waters where they cruise. Data is included in 5 Gyres'... Read More

  • Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation

    ASC is dedicated to building partnerships between outdoor enthusiasts and scientists and will match interested volunteers with an appropriate project. They have projects that are... Read More

  • Caribbean Volunteer Projects

    Short-term seasonal cruisers to the Caribbean or life-long sailors who have made the region their home can make a difference to the islands’ people and... Read More

  • Coastal Clean-up

    Coastal Clean-Up, with the help of the sailing community, wants to encourage changes to waste disposal worldwide. The website includes a form for cruisers to... Read More

  • eBird

    Probably the world’s most popular citizen science project. A real-time, online checklist programme for the worldwide birding community.

    http://www.ebird.org/

    UPDATE HISTORY (followed by the update history)... Read More

  • Flukebook

    Facebook for whales. Take a picture of a whale’s tail (its fluke) and then upload it to this site to learn more about the whale... Read More

  • iSeahorse

    Record your observation for the scientists at Project Seahorse so they can act to protect these often endangered marine animals. The website also has lots... Read More

  • Jellywatch

    Recording sightings of jellyfish and other marine organisms. Handy app. now available to make it easy to submit sightings

    http://www.jellywatch.org/

     ... Read More

  • Ocean Health Monitoring

    The not-for-profit group, Indigo V Expeditions, is a worldwide community of oceanographers, researchers, volunteers and sailors dedicated to the study of ocean health. Boaters wishing... Read More

  • Pacific Northwest/Salish Sea Drift Card Studies

    Drift cards are used to learn about ocean currents and circulation, in particular with reference to oil spills. At least 50,000 drift cards have been... Read More

  • Reporting Site: Pelagic Sargassum in the Caribbean – 2018

    If you are crossing the Atlantic, cruising in the Caribbean Sea or the Gulf of Mexico, you can help understand the widespread sargassum seaweed bloom... Read More

  • Sailors turned Scientists: Be a part of the world’s biggest plankton survey

    The Project

    This Citizen Science project was launched on the 21st February and the idea came from a study by a team of Canadian marine biologists... Read More

  • Sea Stewardship

    Sea Stewardship is active throughout the archipelago of Kiribati Line Islands. This modest non-profit organization run by Ari and Ben assist Pacific islanders to deal... Read More

  • Sea Watch Foundation

    UK cetacean research charity concerned with the collection of data on cetacean sightings throughout UK waters with the help of a network of trained voluntary... Read More

  • SeaBC Sea Bird Count

    The SeaBC Sea Bird Count is a citizen science project organized by a volunteer group of nine long-distance birding sailors from around the world. The... Read More

  • SeaKeepers Citizen Science Project – Malaysia

    [caption id="attachment_1085588" align="alignright" width="300"] Obtaining water samples from the yacht Dafne II in the Malacca Straights (c) SeaKeepers.org[/caption]

    This Citizen Science project offers an opportunity for... Read More

  • Secchi Citizen Science Project

    A global study of plankton to try and determine the productivity of the oceans and how they are being impacted by climate change. All offshore... Read More

  • WhaleTrack: Cetaceans in the Hebrides

    An app for citizen scientists to help track whale and dolphin sightings in the Hebrides and the North Sea.

    http://whaletrack.hwdt.org/

     ... Read More

News

  • Australia, Fremantle: Jon Sanders Leaves on Historic 11th Circumnavigation

    Date Published - November 18, 2019

    Jon is sailing to help stop plastic pollution of the oceans (noplasticoceans.org), supported by the OCC Challenge Grant and Mindaroo Foundation. This report by Daria... Read More

On Board Garbage

Useful Resources

  • Aluminium Cans and the Ocean

    Is it ok to throw them overboard? An interesting article by Ocean Crusaders.

    http://oceancrusaders.org/aluminium-cans/

    Posted September 2015.... Read More

  • Garbage Disposal at Sea and in the Eastern Caribbean

    http://www.noonsite.com/General/CruisingInformation/garbage-disposal-at-sea-and-in-the-eastern-caribbean

    UPDATE HISTORY (followed by the update history)... Read More

  • Guidance on managing garbage when cruising remote islands in the Pacific

    A useful article if cruising any of the world's more remote regions.

    https://www.noonsite.com/report/guidance-on-managing-garbage-when-cruising-remote-islands-in-the-pacific/... Read More

  • Small Caribbean Island’s Waste Management: How Cruisers can Help

    Waste management is a problem for all the small islands in the Caribbean, one that only gets worse during the sailing season as hundreds of... Read More

  • Unusually Practical Ways To Use Banana Peels

    Don't throw your banana peel overboard, take a look at this incredible article about how banana peel can be used in surprisingly functional ways.

    http://www.faithtap.com/4702/unusually-practical-ways-to-use-banana-peels/?v=1 [Broken... Read More

Reports

  • Small Caribbean Island’s Waste Management: How Cruisers can Help

    Date Published - January 22, 2019

    Waste management is a problem for all the small islands in the Caribbean, one that only gets worse during the sailing season as hundreds of... Read More

Useful Resources

  • 2016 Greenland Climate project

    Citizen science projects in the Arctic by sailors: Arctic melt; microplastics; ocean gyres; ocean acidification . . .

    http://www.oceanresearchproject.org/

     ... Read More

  • 5 Gyres TrawlShare program

    Researching plastic pollution, cruisers can enroll in this programme and trawl for microplastics in the waters where they cruise. Data is included in 5 Gyres'... Read More

  • A sailor’s guide to whales and dolphins

    Useful report by Yachting Monthly with descriptions of species and photos, plus a list of sites where you can record your sightings.

    http://www.yachtingmonthly.com/cruising-life/a-sailors-guide-to-whales-and-dolphins-31112

    Posted July 2015.... Read More

  • Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation

    ASC is dedicated to building partnerships between outdoor enthusiasts and scientists and will match interested volunteers with an appropriate project. They have projects that are... Read More

  • Aluminium Cans and the Ocean

    Is it ok to throw them overboard? An interesting article by Ocean Crusaders.

    http://oceancrusaders.org/aluminium-cans/

    Posted September 2015.... Read More

  • ASIA TSUNAMI

    General

    Christmas Island & Cocos (Keeling) Islands: the tsunami caused no discernible damage. See www.dotars.gov.au/terr/cocos/index.htm for more information.

    Yacht Information

    Yacht tracking - tsunami

    Reports

    Links

    Cruiser Log

    Image Asia

    Phuket Gazette

    www.langkawitsunami.net/... Read More

  • Atlas of Marine Protection

    MPAtlas.org, a project of the Marine Conservation Institute, was launched in 2012 as a way to provide a more nuanced picture of global marine protection.... Read More

  • Blue Sea Angels

    An environmental group of sailors who promote and encourage ways in which we can go about changing our lifestyles so that we can minimize our... Read More

  • Caribbean Volunteer Projects

    Short-term seasonal cruisers to the Caribbean or life-long sailors who have made the region their home can make a difference to the islands’ people and... Read More

  • Coastal Clean-up

    Coastal Clean-Up, with the help of the sailing community, wants to encourage changes to waste disposal worldwide. The website includes a form for cruisers to... Read More

  • Cruiser Log

    Forum discussion on the tsunami. Information has been supplied by the SE Asia Maritime Mobile Net and other sources listing yachts in the region and... Read More

  • DART

    DART is the Deep-ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunamis developed by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

    http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/dart/dart.shtml

    UPDATE HISTORY (followed by the update history)... Read More

  • eBird

    Probably the world’s most popular citizen science project. A real-time, online checklist programme for the worldwide birding community.

    http://www.ebird.org/

    UPDATE HISTORY (followed by the update history)... Read More

  • Encyclopedia of Weather and Climate Change

    A Complete Visual Guide
    ISBN: 978 1 408 13210 4

    This fantastic resource of weather and climate is incredibly comprehensive, interesting, wide-ranging and beautifully presented. Written by... Read More

  • Environment

    ASIA TSUNAMI

    General

    Satellite-based Sargassum Watch System (SaWS)

    A sailor’s guide to whales and dolphins

    Marine Wildlife Viewing Regulations: Canada

    Ocean Crusaders

    Whale Watching Regulations: Washington State

    Wider Caribbean's Marine Protected Areas... Read More

  • First Year Success for Inaugural “SeaBC” SeaBird Count

    Inaugural “SeaBC” SeaBird Count Gathers Participants from Maine to Antarctica

    Seabird citizen science project organized by eight noted female boaters and adopted by three international long-distance... Read More

  • Flukebook

    Facebook for whales. Take a picture of a whale’s tail (its fluke) and then upload it to this site to learn more about the whale... Read More

  • Garbage Disposal at Sea and in the Eastern Caribbean

    http://www.noonsite.com/General/CruisingInformation/garbage-disposal-at-sea-and-in-the-eastern-caribbean

    UPDATE HISTORY (followed by the update history)... Read More

  • Guidance on managing garbage when cruising remote islands in the Pacific

    A useful article if cruising any of the world's more remote regions.

    https://www.noonsite.com/report/guidance-on-managing-garbage-when-cruising-remote-islands-in-the-pacific/... Read More

  • Image Asia

    Detailed information on Phuket & Krabi provinces after the tsunami.

    http://www.image-asia.com/

    UPDATE HISTORY (followed by the update history)... Read More

  • iSeahorse

    Record your observation for the scientists at Project Seahorse so they can act to protect these often endangered marine animals. The website also has lots... Read More

  • Jellywatch

    Recording sightings of jellyfish and other marine organisms. Handy app. now available to make it easy to submit sightings

    http://www.jellywatch.org/

     ... Read More

  • M.E.E.R. e.V.

    M.E.E.R. e.V. is a non-profit association based in Berlin, Germany which runs the project M.E.E.R. La Gomera, Canary Islands. The Association’s objectives are the promotion... Read More

  • Marine Wildlife Viewing Regulations: Canada

    This guide provides information about how far you need to be from marine mammals when viewing them in Canada. It also outlines illegal actions including,... Read More

  • Ocean Champions

    Ocean Champions, a 501(c)(4) organization, with a connected political action committee Ocean Champions PAC, is the first national organization of its kind focused solely on... Read More

  • Ocean Crusaders

    Educating children on issues our oceans are facing. The primary goal of the Ocean Crusaders campaign is educating youth through their primary school education program.... Read More

  • Ocean Health Monitoring

    The not-for-profit group, Indigo V Expeditions, is a worldwide community of oceanographers, researchers, volunteers and sailors dedicated to the study of ocean health. Boaters wishing... Read More

  • Pacific Northwest/Salish Sea Drift Card Studies

    Drift cards are used to learn about ocean currents and circulation, in particular with reference to oil spills. At least 50,000 drift cards have been... Read More

  • Phuket Gazette

    Extensive coverage of the tsunami damage, list of missing persons.

    http://www.Phuketgazette.com [Broken Link]

    UPDATE HISTORY (followed by the update history)... Read More

  • Race for Water Foundation

    A charity dedicated to water preservation. Aims to identify, promote and help implement solutions that give end-of-life plastics a value and therefore prevent the plastic... Read More

  • Reporting Site: Pelagic Sargassum in the Caribbean – 2018

    If you are crossing the Atlantic, cruising in the Caribbean Sea or the Gulf of Mexico, you can help understand the widespread sargassum seaweed bloom... Read More

  • Restoring Coral Gardens in Fiji

    A report by Sail-World Cruising - Conservation organizations are harnessing everything from tribal taboos to the world's largest fleet of satellites in order to save... Read More

  • Sailing Green Coconut Run

    A young cooperative group of ecologists and adventure lovers who left their homeport of Santa Barbara, CA on March 2015 on a voyage aboard the... Read More

  • Sailors turned Scientists: Be a part of the world’s biggest plankton survey

    The Project

    This Citizen Science project was launched on the 21st February and the idea came from a study by a team of Canadian marine biologists... Read More

  • Sails Ocean Sails (SOS)

    Sails Ocean Sails (SOS) is a self-funded program that was started in 2005, and since then has helped island fishermen in the Pacific and Indian... Read More

  • Satellite-based Sargassum Watch System (SaWS)

    The Sargassum Watch System (SaWS) is designed to use satellite data and numerical models to detect and track pelagic Saragassum in near-real-time. Find out more... Read More

  • Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS)

    An international non-profit, marine wildlife conservation organization working to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world's oceans in order to... Read More

  • Sea Stewardship

    Sea Stewardship is active throughout the archipelago of Kiribati Line Islands. This modest non-profit organization run by Ari and Ben assist Pacific islanders to deal... Read More

  • Sea Watch Foundation

    UK cetacean research charity concerned with the collection of data on cetacean sightings throughout UK waters with the help of a network of trained voluntary... Read More

  • SeaBC Sea Bird Count

    The SeaBC Sea Bird Count is a citizen science project organized by a volunteer group of nine long-distance birding sailors from around the world. The... Read More

  • SeaKeepers Citizen Science Project – Malaysia

    [caption id="attachment_1085588" align="alignright" width="300"] Obtaining water samples from the yacht Dafne II in the Malacca Straights (c) SeaKeepers.org[/caption]

    This Citizen Science project offers an opportunity for... Read More

  • Secchi Citizen Science Project

    A global study of plankton to try and determine the productivity of the oceans and how they are being impacted by climate change. All offshore... Read More

  • Small Caribbean Island’s Waste Management: How Cruisers can Help

    Waste management is a problem for all the small islands in the Caribbean, one that only gets worse during the sailing season as hundreds of... Read More

  • Tara Expeditions Foundation

    French schooner Tara has been constantly on the move for 13 years, traveling more than 300,000km across the oceans to study and understand the impact... Read More

  • The Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage

    "Hōkūle‘a" is a re-creation of a historic Polynesian sailing vessel, it’s a 62-foot-long, 20-foot-wide, double-hulled voyaging canoe made of wood and held together by six... Read More

  • The Ocean Clean Up

    Boyan Slat, 19 years old, has developed a passive concept to clean the plastic out of our oceans.

    http://www.theoceancleanup.com/

    Posted June 2014.... Read More

  • Unusually Practical Ways To Use Banana Peels

    Don't throw your banana peel overboard, take a look at this incredible article about how banana peel can be used in surprisingly functional ways.

    http://www.faithtap.com/4702/unusually-practical-ways-to-use-banana-peels/?v=1 [Broken... Read More

  • Whale Watching Regulations: Washington State

    Regulations are in place in both Canada and the US which require vessels to keep 200 yards/meters away from endangered Southern resident killer whales. These... Read More

  • WhaleTrack: Cetaceans in the Hebrides

    An app for citizen scientists to help track whale and dolphin sightings in the Hebrides and the North Sea.

    http://whaletrack.hwdt.org/

     ... Read More

  • Wider Caribbean’s Marine Protected Areas (CaMPAM)

    A useful database of MPAs in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean region. All Marine Parks are MPAs, and therefore if wanting to find out... Read More

  • World Oceans Day – June 8th

    Coordinated by The Ocean Project, this annual celebration of the body of water that links us all began in 2002 and is now officially recognized... Read More

  • www.greenboatstuff.com/

    Environmentally friendly boating supplies.

    https://www.greenboatstuff.com/... Read More

  • www.langkawitsunami.net/

    The site is devoted to recording the experiences of the yachting community in Langkawi (Malaysia) and the waters between Penang and Phuket during the tsunami... Read More

  • Yacht tracking – tsunami

    I have been keeping track of the status of a number of cruising vessels since the Indian Ocean tsunamis, mostly those communicating via Winlink as... Read More

Reports

  • INSIGHTS: Living Off Grid

    Date Published - April 23, 2020

    Rekka Bell and partner purchased their sailboat "Pino" in 2016 with plans to rely on the grid as little as possible. During the following 4... Read More

  • INSIGHTS: Cruising Kindly – Part 1

    Date Published - February 17, 2020

    INSIGHTS continues with a two-part article from Richard Chesher, marine scientist and author of the Rocket Guides for New Caledonia and Vanuatu, on how to... Read More

  • Solomon Islands, Rennel Island: Environmental Concerns as Bulk Carrier Runs Aground

    Date Published - February 27, 2019

    A threat of serious environmental damage looms after a bulk carrier runs aground at Rennel Island, 100NM south of Guadalcanal.
    ... Read More

  • Small Caribbean Island’s Waste Management: How Cruisers can Help

    Date Published - January 22, 2019

    Waste management is a problem for all the small islands in the Caribbean, one that only gets worse during the sailing season as hundreds of... Read More

  • Bahamas: Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park Fees and Restrictions

    Date Published - January 20, 2019

    Outline of the fees and restrictions for boats visiting the 176-square-mile park.... Read More

  • Bahamas: American Boaters Convicted of Poaching in Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park

    Date Published - December 14, 2018

    Americans fined $500 each for fishing in the ‘no-take’ zone in Exuma park.... Read More

  • Vanuatu to Australia: Cruisers comment on a stop-over at Chesterfield Reef.

    Date Published - September 20, 2017

    Chesterfield Reef makes for a perfect stop-over for those on passage from Vanuatu to Australia in settled weather. However, permission must be requested at... Read More

  • Balearic Islands: Be Aware of the Posidonia LIFE Project if wanting to anchor.

    Date Published - August 27, 2017

    The drive to protect Seagrass (Posidonia) is making cruising Mallorca (Balearics) at anchor in particular very difficult and this report highlights some of the problems... Read More

  • When Whales Meet Sails

    Date Published - January 12, 2017

    With sailboats becoming more numerous and faster, the potential for more ship strikes is expected to increase unless we change something. Marine mammal strikes are... Read More

  • Indonesia, Bali to Komodo: The Depth of our Plastic Problem

    Date Published - December 06, 2016

    The Oceanic Society Expedition recently spent 10 days traveling by boat from Bali to Komodo to explore the impact of plastic pollution in this region.... Read More

  • Arctic Ocean: An Alarming Report about the Amount of Trash

    Date Published - September 01, 2016

    This is a summary from Maya Weeks with the Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation reporting on the amount of trash collecting on the shores of... Read More

  • USA: Science and Solitude on the Chesapeake’s Crowded Waters

    Date Published - March 23, 2016

    Working with Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation (ASC), this crew combine their sailing adventures with ASC’s effort to study the presence and quantity of microplastics--plastic... Read More

  • Pacific Ocean Crossing: Collecting Water Samples on the Fly

    Date Published - July 01, 2015

    [caption id="attachment_46189" align="alignright" width="300"] Jessica Newley (Sailor, Environmental Educator, UW Photographer) onboard S/V Silent Sun, a 37-foot sailboat, last month during her 34-day passage from... Read More

  • Guidance on managing garbage when cruising remote islands in the Pacific

    Date Published - May 08, 2014

    Over the last few years, we have learned a lot about how to (and how not to) manage our onboard garbage. Friends who now charter... Read More

  • Canaries:The ARC Forest Grows

    Date Published - November 19, 2012

    Another 200 trees have just been planted in the ARC Forest on a hillside above the city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

    Fifty-five ARC sailors... Read More

  • We can all help Clean up the Med!

    Date Published - June 20, 2012

    Dismayed by the amount of rubbish strewn on beaches and in the water in the Eastern Med, cruisers appeal to the cruising community to work... Read More

  • Sharks make their presence felt in south east Queensland

    Date Published - October 19, 2011

    As reported by marinebusiness-world.com

    Sharks are out in force in Queensland, feeding on bait balls close to popular beaches and sending local enforcement into action to... Read More

  • Antarctic Deaths – Enormous Ramifications

    Date Published - May 21, 2011

    As published by Elaine Bunting, Yachting World.com, on March 11th, 2011

    Loss of three yachtsmen on an expedition branded "a fiasco" may have serious repercussions.

    There is... Read More

  • Yachting vs Conservationists in southwest England

    Date Published - December 16, 2010

    As reported by Sail-World Cruising

    Anchoring where you will, that preciously guarded freedom of the cruising fraternity which has traditionally belonged to sailors, could be under... Read More

  • California: Visiting yachts to have dye placed in holding tank

    Date Published - September 09, 2010

    As reported by Sail-World.com

    The routine is spreading - is it a sign of things to come to the world over?

    California's Log reports that beginning this... Read More

  • Turkey – Positive Changes Afoot for New Grey Water Regulations

    Date Published - March 17, 2010

    Blue Card regulations in Mugla, Turkey, and Restrictions in Gocek-Dalaman bays

    Hello noonsite,

    Forwarding "news but no news" to keep you in the picture. I think you... Read More

  • 50 Days Around Australia to Save our Seas

    Date Published - January 21, 2010

    Whitsunday Sailing Club Member and commercial skipper Ian Thomson will set off in late April 2010 to break the world record for sailing non-stop solo... Read More

  • Washington, San Juan Island: Proposed No Go Zone to Protect Orca Feeding Areas

    Date Published - January 21, 2010

    As reported by Cruising Compass

    Proposed Rules Would Restrict Boating In PNW Orca Feeding Areas

    January 21, 2010

    The first baby orca of the year has been born... Read More

  • Galàpagos – Paradise Lost

    Date Published - June 14, 2008

    March 2008

    The name smells of adventure and natural-history explorations, and the islands are truly unique, as is the fauna and flora. But in the Galàpagos... Read More

  • Plastic “Soup” Floats Around North Pacific

    Date Published - April 30, 2008

    A soup-like expanse of plastic flotsam twice the size of the United States is floating in the Pacific Ocean. An accumulation of plastic rubbish thrown... Read More

  • New Discharge Permits To Affect Yachts

    Date Published - March 27, 2008

    Boat US has recently reported that the current exemption of discharges from yachts from the Clean Water Act permit system is set to end.

    By September... Read More

  • Norwegian Environmental Zero Emission Yacht

    Date Published - September 21, 2006

    The Royal Norwegian Yacht Club is currently running an Environmental Project. It started when I bought a 1973 Wauqueiz Centurion 32. The engine was the... Read More

News

  • Pacific Ocean, Palau: Island Nation bans Fishing and Sun Creams

    Date Published - January 06, 2020

    From January 2020, the tiny Pacific nation of Palau is not only banning fishing from 80 percent of its ocean waters but has also become... Read More

  • Australia, Fremantle: Jon Sanders Leaves on Historic 11th Circumnavigation

    Date Published - November 18, 2019

    Jon is sailing to help stop plastic pollution of the oceans (noplasticoceans.org), supported by the OCC Challenge Grant and Mindaroo Foundation. This report by Daria... Read More

  • The OceanCleanUp: New Invention tackles Plastic Pollution from Rivers

    Date Published - October 30, 2019

    The Ocean Cleanup has unveiled its latest invention, designed to prevent the unrelenting flow of plastic pollution into the world’s oceans by attacking the flow... Read More

  • Ascension Island: Soon to be the largest marine protected area in the Atlantic Ocean

    Date Published - October 19, 2019

    This large-scale Marine Protected Area (MPA) will cover 100% of Ascension’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), an area of more than 440,000 square km, making it... Read More

  • South Pacific, Tonga to Fiji: Navigation Alert – Dangerous Slick of Volcanic Rubble

    Date Published - August 20, 2019

    A large field of volcanic rocks (Pumice) completely covering the ocean surface has been reported between Vava’u in Northern Tonga and Fiji. Cruisers encountering... Read More

  • Ocean Cruising Club Challenge Grant: Now Accepting Applications

    Date Published - August 15, 2019

    The Ocean Cruising Club (OCC) has established a Challenge Grant to encourage ambitious expeditions for environmental conservation or challenging oceangoing adventures and is now accepting... Read More

  • Gulf of Mexico to West Africa: Record-high bloom of Sargassum

    Date Published - July 15, 2019

    TransAtlantic Sailors preparing for departure this Fall should take note of the significantly high coverage of Sargassum weed in the central West Atlantic this year.... Read More

  • Solomon Islands, Rennel Island: Environmental Concerns as Bulk Carrier Runs Aground

    Date Published - February 27, 2019

    A threat of serious environmental damage looms after a bulk carrier runs aground at Rennel Island 100 nm South of Guadalcanal.... Read More

  • Caribbean: Sargassum coverage significantly higher than most years since 2011

    Date Published - February 18, 2019

    The month of Jan 2019 showed a total Sargassum coverage of 344 km2 as compared with a historical mean of 32 km2 between 2011 and... Read More

  • Kenya: Flipflopi, A Plastic Revolution Afloat

    Date Published - January 30, 2019

    Boat made of recycled flip flops raises awareness about plastic pollution in Africa.... Read More

  • Small Caribbean Island’s Waste Management: How Cruisers can Help

    Date Published - January 22, 2019

    Waste management is a problem for all the small islands in the Caribbean, one that only gets worse during the sailing season as hundreds of... Read More

  • Magnetic North Pole: Shifting Rapidly and Unpredictably

    Date Published - January 12, 2019

    The Earth’s north magnetic pole is shifting so rapidly that steps are being taken to ensure it doesn't impact navigation in the Arctic.... Read More

  • North Sea: MSC Zoe Loses Up to 270 Containers Overboard

    Date Published - January 02, 2019

    The Dutch Coastguard issued a navigation warning after a containership lost hundreds of containers.... Read More

  • Galapagos: YachtAid Global brings clean water to the children of the Galapagos Islands

    Date Published - December 23, 2018

    YachtAid Global with assistance from members of the superyacht community and the local airline has taken part in a recent operation in the Galapagos that... Read More

  • Caribbean: Expansion to the Coral Reef Early Warning System (CREWS)

    Date Published - December 22, 2018

    Large yellow data collection buoys are being installed in key coral reef regions in the Caribbean.... Read More

  • Bahamas: American Boaters Convicted of Poaching in Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park

    Date Published - December 14, 2018

    Americans fined $500 each for fishing in the ‘no-take’ zone in Exuma park.... Read More

  • USA, North Carolina: Boats Sunk by Hurricane Florence Were Raised—and then Sunk Again

    Date Published - November 28, 2018

    As reported by Trade Only Today, questions are being asked about the state’s emergency management plan when it was learned boats are being raised, stripped... Read More

  • Recycling Plastic Bottles into Docklines

    Date Published - November 21, 2018

    Marlow ropes, using their technical and engineering expertise have created an environmentally conscious innovation; a rope that is made using 100% recycled waste plastic bottles.
    ... Read More

  • Ocean Cruising Club Supports the New Coastal Clean-Up Initiative

    Date Published - November 20, 2018

    Coastal Clean-Up, with the help of the sailing community, wants to encourage changes to waste disposal worldwide. Find out how you can be involved.... Read More

  • Fiji: Yachting Study Results Are In

    Date Published - November 19, 2018

    A new study reveals $59 million economic contributions by yachting industry - higher than average spend per visitor compared to other segments.
    ... Read More

  • Support Research and Help Track Caribbean Seaweed

    Date Published - November 16, 2018

    All you have to do if you spot Sargassum (Caribbean seaweed) is log the incident (date/time/photo) and post the data to the research website on... Read More

  • Portrait of a Cruiser – Ivar Smits & Floris van Hees

    Date Published - November 13, 2018

    Ivar and Floris' gave up busy jobs to circumnavigate with Sustainability being their main goal. They are keen to learn from others worldwide and research... Read More

  • Thailand: Nine Britons Rescued from burning yacht off Phuket

    Date Published - November 07, 2018

    Nine British tourists were rescued, on the 3rd November, from their burning yacht after it was struck by lightning. The incident occurred whilst they were... Read More

  • Reporting Site: Pelagic Sargassum in the Caribbean – 2018

    Date Published - November 01, 2018

    Tel:

    Fax:

    http://gcrl.usm.edu/sargassum/sargassum.observation.form.php, 

    If you are crossing the Atlantic, cruising in the Caribbean Sea or the Gulf of Mexico, you can help understand the widespread sargassum seaweed bloom... Read More

  • Mediterranean, Corsica: Oil Spills After Tunisian Ferry T-Bones Anchored Containership

    Date Published - October 09, 2018

    Authorities in France and Italy are responding to a major oil slick after a ferry collided with an anchored containership in the Mediterranean Sea off... Read More

  • USA: Hawaii Bans Sunscreen that Damages Coral

    Date Published - September 13, 2018

    The state of Hawaii takes a bold step in protecting its coral reefs.... Read More

  • USA, San Francisco: The World’s First Ocean Cleanup System Launched

    Date Published - September 09, 2018

    The Ocean Cleanup is soon to begin removing plastic pollution from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The cleanup system is being launched from San Francisco.... Read More

  • USA: Red Tide along Gulf Coast – Reported by Cruisers’ Net

    Date Published - September 02, 2018

    It’s hardly a new phenomenon - in fact, it’s been around for thousands of years - but Gulf Coast residents fear red tide blooms are... Read More

  • Heading to the Caribbean this Fall? Find out about Sargassum…..

    Date Published - August 22, 2018

    Part of a natural response to changing ocean conditions, the Pelagic Sargassum has bloomed in vast amounts over the past several years. While it offers... Read More

  • SW Pacific, Indonesia, Raja Ampat Islands: Outbreak of Crown of Thorns (CoTs) Starfish

    Date Published - July 19, 2018

    There is a currently an outbreak of the Crown of Thorns (CoTs) starfish (Acanthaster Planci) in the Raja Ampat islands​, eastern Indonesia. CoTs eat coral... Read More

  • Great Pacific Garbage Patch Growing Rapidly, Study Shows

    Date Published - April 10, 2018

    New analysis reveals the region contains as much as sixteen times more plastic than previously estimated, with pollution levels increasing exponentially.... Read More

  • Atlantic, Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico: Major Seaweed Invasion Underway

    Date Published - April 05, 2018

    Over recent years, quantities of Sargassum, a type of seaweed commonly known as sargasso, have continued to wash up on beaches and appear in the... Read More

  • Outlook of Sargassum blooms in the Caribbean Sea for 2018

    Date Published - March 02, 2018

    March 1st, 2018, by University of South Florida Optical Oceanography Lab

    Sargassum Outlook Bulletin

    According to past experience, a winter bloom in the central West Atlantic often... Read More

  • Sailors cruise ahead in a study of the oceans’ phytoplankton

    Date Published - December 07, 2017

    Around the world, sailors and other seafarers are lowering round, 30 cm white disks into the sea from the side of their boats to study... Read More

  • Caribbean: Tracking Sargassum Seaweed ‘Invasions’ via Satellite

    Date Published - October 16, 2017

    Since 2011, massive quantities of floating sargassum seaweed, also known as sargasso, has floated throughout the Caribbean, impacting marine resources, fisheries, shorelines, waterways, and tourism.... Read More

  • An expedition to the North Pole by sailboat

    Date Published - August 05, 2017

    Pen Hadow and a small crew are sailing to the North Pole with two yachts. Past explorers reached the top of the world on dogsleds... Read More

  • Approaching the Azores: Yacht starts to sink after striking Whale

    Date Published - June 09, 2017

    After a tough Atlantic crossing just 350 miles from the Azores, skipper David Bowes and his two crew members had to abandon ship after a... Read More

  • UK, South Coast: Cleaner Waters with Oysters in the Solent

    Date Published - May 01, 2017

    A plan to reintroduce one million oysters to the Solent is on track, part of attempts to clean up the waters.
    ... Read More

  • UK: DAERA designates four new MCZs in the Northern Ireland Inshore Region

    Date Published - December 21, 2016

    New Marine Conservation Zones set to safeguard vulnerable or unique marine species and habitats of national importance. Concerns raised by the Royal Yachting Association (RYA).
    ... Read More

  • Secchi Disk: Now the World’s largest marine citizen science study of plankton

    Date Published - November 14, 2016

    The Secchi Disk study, which was begun in 2013, is run by The Secchi Disk Foundation charity and is the world’s biggest citizen science study... Read More

  • Fiji: Sea Mercy’s work in the Lau Group after Cyclone Winston.

    Date Published - October 26, 2016

    Named the Exploring Isles by a U.S survey expedition in 1840, the closest of the islands in Fiji’s Lau Group lies over 100nm. to windward... Read More

  • North Sea, Netherlands: The Ocean Cleanup unveils first prototype

    Date Published - June 21, 2016

    THE HAGUE, June 22, 2016 – The Ocean Cleanup, the Dutch foundation developing advanced technologies to rid the oceans of plastic, today unveiled its North... Read More

  • Kon-Tiki2: Pacific raft expedition abandoned

    Date Published - March 18, 2016

    March 2016: Fourteen adventurers have been rescued off the coast of Chile after "atypical" weather forced them to abandon the recreation of a historic... Read More

  • Sargasso Weed Infestation Research – Citizen Science for Transatlantic Sailors

    Date Published - January 28, 2016

    Sargasso Weed in the North Atlantic is becoming a problem for both boats and the countries facing the Atlantic (the Americas, Caribbean, Europe, and Africa).... Read More

  • Atlantic Sargasso Weed: On-going Research Update

    Date Published - December 04, 2015

    The annual migration of cruising boats to warmer Caribbean waters is now underway, from both North America and Europe (and a few from South America).... Read More

  • Pacific Islands’ drought driven by El Nino

    Date Published - December 03, 2015

    The United Nations estimates as many as 4.7 million people are at risk from water shortages, food insecurity and disease across the Pacific region due... Read More

  • Atlantic Ocean – The Sargassum Phenomenon is a Serious Issue for Atlantic sailors

    Date Published - September 20, 2015

    Single-hander Donna Lange who started a non-stop sail around the world in July from Bristol, RI, USA, kicked off a serendipitous scientific event by showing... Read More

  • UK South Coast: RYA Welcomes Navitus Bay Wind Park Decision

    Date Published - September 11, 2015

    The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) has today welcomed the decision of the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change to refuse planning consent for... Read More

  • New Zealand, Northland: Tightening up of restrictions for new arrivals following the discovery of a highly invasive marine pest

    Date Published - September 06, 2015

    If anyone is cruising in the Pacific and planning to spend the cyclone season in NZ, be aware that authorities are trying to control Mediterranean... Read More

  • Birding Aboard “SeaBC” Has Sailors Reporting Unusual Birds

    Date Published - August 10, 2015

    Word is getting out among sailors worldwide to help report back on the birds they see at sea - and they are spotting some unusual... Read More

  • Mounting threat to Galapagos from ‘El Nino’

    Date Published - July 29, 2015

    Santa Cruz (Ecuador) (AFP) - The Galapagos Islands, celebrated for their breathtaking biodiversity, could face a major threat from "El Nino," the weather system known... Read More

  • Caribbean: Massive quantities of Pelagic Sargassum (brown seaweed)

    Date Published - June 07, 2015

    During 2011, massive quantities of pelagic sargassum occurred throughout the Caribbean, impacting aquatic resources, fisheries, shorelines, waterways, and tourism. A similar event occurred in 2014... Read More

  • The Ocean CleanUp: World’s first ocean cleaning system to be deployed in 2016

    Date Published - May 21, 2015

    20 May 2015 – Boyan Slat, 20-year old founder and CEO of The Ocean Cleanup, today announced that the world’s first system to passively clean... Read More

  • Become a Citizen Oceanographer: Help Scientists Close the Data Gap

    Date Published - January 21, 2015

    A report taken from the Blue Water Cruising Association's magazine "Currents".... Read More

  • Sweden: Discharge of sewage from pleasure crafts will be prohibited in 2015

    Date Published - December 04, 2014

    From 1st April 2015, it will be prohibited to discharge black water into the waters around Sweden. This regulation will apply to all vessels irrespective... Read More

  • Raising awareness of the ocean’s fragile ecosystems – The unexpected beauty of PLANKTON

    Date Published - August 17, 2014

    Dr. Richard Kirby has dedicated his career to studying and photographing plankton. His new book, "Ocean Drifters, a secret world beneath the waves", is now... Read More

  • Hawaii: German Yacht Skipper Appears in Court in Kona,

    Date Published - May 25, 2014

    Previously reported in Sail-World and subsequently on noonsite just over a week ago, David Ungless, a cruiser also currently in Hawaii, has sent an update... Read More

  • Hawaii: Authorities up the ante on anchor damage to coral

    Date Published - May 11, 2014

    by Khon2/Sail-World Cruising

    Under Hawaii's newly amended coral rules, which took effect on May 1, each damaged coral head or colony less than one square meter... Read More

  • Trans Pacific Plastic Pollution Survey

    Date Published - May 08, 2014

    This is the first time in history that any organization has done a continuous marine plastics survey from one continent to another. During our 7,000... Read More

  • Book Review: Hunting the Hunters

    Date Published - January 09, 2014

    At war with the whalers.... Read More

  • UK, Wales: Appeal to Welsh boaters to assist with Welsh Sea Watchers program

    Date Published - November 06, 2013

    The Sea Watch Foundation is a UK cetacean research charity and one of their main activities is the collection of data on cetacean sightings throughout... Read More

  • Turkey: Blue Card scheme rolled out to all Turkish waters

    Date Published - October 30, 2013

    The Turkish Ministry of Environment and Urbanisation has announced that its 'Blue Card Scheme' - an environmental program to protect the sea against pollution which... Read More

  • Ocean Cruising Club and SeaBC Announce Cooperative Effort to Record and Report Sea Bird Sightings

    Date Published - October 06, 2013

    The SeaBC Sea Bird Count is a citizen science project organized by a volunteer group of nine long-distance birding sailors from around the world. The... Read More

  • Globalizing Scientific Study of Ocean Health: The Catlin Seaview Survey

    Date Published - September 23, 2013

    The Catlin Seaview Survey is a pioneering scientific expedition revealing more than ever before the impact of environmental changes on the world's coral reefs. The... Read More

  • Canada: North West Passage blocked with ice – yachts caught

    Date Published - August 28, 2013

    The North West Passage seems to be reversing its recent warming trend and is threatening to end the dreams of dozens of adventurous sailors. Report... Read More

  • ARC Boats Leave Green Wake with Environmental Projects

    Date Published - June 25, 2013

    ARC sailors plant trees to offset yachting carbon... Read More

  • Nicaragua Congress approves ocean-to-ocean canal plan

    Date Published - June 16, 2013

    (July 8, 2014) - The Nicaraguan Congress has approved a proposal to have a canal built linking the Pacific and the Atlantic Oceans.... Read More

  • Solomon Islands: Provincial Government registers Marine Protected Area

    Date Published - June 11, 2013

    The first Solomon Island community to request assistance from OceansWatch to help them manage their marine resources, on Rennell Island, has had their Marine Protected... Read More

  • Sailors turned Scientists: Be a part of the world’s biggest plankton survey

    Date Published - April 16, 2013

    A recent study has suggested that the phytoplankton in the oceans that underpin the whole marine food chain has declined by 40% since the 1950s... Read More

  • Southern Ocean: Shackleton expedition kicks off

    Date Published - January 29, 2013

    EXPEDITION: A crew of six British and Australian adventurers have set off on an expedition of a lifetime – the Shackleton Epic aims to recreate... Read More

  • Honduras, Roatan: Foreign Cruisers Disrespect Local Marine Park Laws

    Date Published - December 26, 2012

    On Thursday, December 20th, 2012, the Director of the Marine Park in Roatan boarded a Canadian boat named “La Pointe Gaspesienne” in West End. The... Read More

  • Pumice Raft the size of Belgium floating off New Zealand

    Date Published - August 11, 2012

    As reported by the Huffington Post and CNN.

    A mass of small volcanic rocks nearly the size of Belgium has been discovered floating off the coast... Read More

  • Plastic Oceans

    Date Published - May 21, 2012

    Australian solo circumnavigator Ian Thomson, the Ocean Crusader sailor from Queensland, is campaigning to reduce the use of plastic bags and plastic water bottles.

    Read his... Read More

  • Visiting the Galapagos? Reduce your Human Footprint

    Date Published - May 18, 2012

    We are working very hard on the Galapagos Islands to reduce the human footprint on this unique environment. Below is some information about the correct... Read More

  • First Year Success for Inaugural “SeaBC” SeaBird Count

    Date Published - March 08, 2012

    Inaugural “SeaBC” SeaBird Count Gathers Participants from Maine to Antarctica

    Seabird citizen science project organized by eight noted female boaters and adopted by three international long-distance... Read More

  • Whale Migration Season in the Eastern Caribbean

    Date Published - February 07, 2012

    The Caribbean Safety and Security Net reports that two vessels reported spotting whales over the weekend of 28th/29th January 2012: one was seen between Grenada... Read More

  • New Zealand: Rena Disaster – Further Updates

    Date Published - October 19, 2011

    MARITIME NZ PUBLIC UPDATE AND ADVISORY: RENA DISASTER

    14 October 2011

    Maritime NZ, on Friday 14 October, issued a media release/public notice in regard to the Rena... Read More

  • International Program on the State of the Ocean

    Date Published - July 07, 2011

    As reported by www.bwsailing.com

    The International Program on the State of the Ocean (IPSO) is currently compiling the Global State of the Ocean Report, which will... Read More

  • Crew circles North Pole in one summer

    Date Published - October 20, 2010

    As reported by ABC News

    A trimaran sailing boat has circled the North Pole in a single summer season, a feat made possible by global warming... Read More

  • UK. New interactive marine conservation zone map launches online

    Date Published - June 29, 2010

    As reported on bymnews.com

    A new interactive map has been launched by the Marine Conservation Zone Project, to create an insight into how the sea is... Read More

  • UK South Coast: No Anchor Zones in Studland Bay

    Date Published - June 24, 2010

    As reported by Sail-World.com

    The RYA is urging boaters to observe the Voluntary No Anchor Zone (VNAZ) that has been set up in Studland Bay, Dorset... Read More

  • USA: North Carolina Coast – Update to No Discharge Regulation

    Date Published - May 08, 2010

    Originally posted 18 April 2010

    Update (in bold) posted 8 May 2010

    Just a reminder to cruisers that will be transiting the North Carolina Coastal area around... Read More

  • Calling all ocean sailors: maybe YOU can help

    Date Published - May 04, 2009

    Posted Sun, 26 Apr 2009

    On Sail-World.com

    Calling all sailors: If you plan to sail the Atlantic, Pacific, or Indian Oceans, consider setting your course through any... Read More

  • Noonsite/MEER Whale Collision Survey Benefits from Excellent Feedback

    Date Published - January 15, 2009

    Joint survey by Noonsite/MEER produces excellent results for scientific study to help avoid collisions between yachts and cetaceans.

    Collisions between ships and cetaceans (whales and dolphins)... Read More

  • Whale Collision Survey

    Date Published - July 15, 2008

    Collisions between ships and cetaceans (whales and dolphins) are increasing around the world and several whale populations are under massive threat due to a high... Read More

  • A Jellyfish Summer in Europe

    Date Published - July 08, 2008

    It seems that many of Europe’s Mediterranean anchorages will be plagued by jellyfish once again this Summer. Whatever the reason (some blame over-fishing so lack... Read More

  • Watch out for Whales May to September

    Date Published - June 17, 2008

    As reported on boatingOZ.com

    Media Release by GBRMPA, Thursday, 12 June 2008

    Take care around whales and abide by approach distances – that’s the message from the... Read More

  • Biofuel damage to fuel tanks

    Date Published - April 28, 2008

    A Los Angeles firm has filed a class-action lawsuit against US oil companies on behalf of Californian boater owners with fibreglass fuel tanks. Some fibreglass... Read More

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