04 Dec 2022
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How to be responsible sailors with the environment

Sailing is a wonderful way to explore Malta and its surroundings, but it's important to do so responsibly to protect the environment. As a sailor, you have a responsibility to minimize your impact on the environment and leave it as pristine as possible for future generations. Here are some tips on how to be a responsible sailor with the environment when sailing around Malta:

Respect Marine Life
When sailing around Malta, you may encounter various marine life, including dolphins, sea turtles, and fish. Respect their habitat by keeping a safe distance and avoiding any sudden movements or loud noises that could disturb them. Do not throw any trash or waste overboard, as it can harm marine life and disrupt the ecosystem.

Dispose of Waste Properly
Proper waste disposal is crucial when sailing around Malta. All waste should be disposed of properly on land, and any waste that cannot be disposed of on land should be stored safely on board until it can be disposed of properly. Do not throw any waste, including cigarette butts, overboard, as they can harm marine life and pollute the water.

Use Eco-Friendly Products
When choosing cleaning products for your yacht, choose eco-friendly products that are biodegradable and non-toxic. These products are safer for the environment and do not harm marine life. Also, consider using eco-friendly sunscreen and insect repellent to reduce the amount of chemicals in the water.

Conserve Water and Energy
Conserving water and energy is important when sailing around Malta. Make sure to turn off all lights and appliances when not in use, and use energy-efficient appliances when possible. Use a water-efficient showerhead and take shorter showers to conserve water. Also, consider using a desalination system to produce freshwater from seawater, which reduces the need for freshwater from the mainland.

Anchor Responsibly
When anchoring, choose an area that is designated for anchoring and avoid damaging coral reefs or seagrass beds. Use an anchor that is appropriate for the seabed, and do not anchor in areas with sensitive ecosystems. Also, make sure to retrieve your anchor carefully to avoid damaging the seabed.

By following these tips, you can be a responsible sailor with the environment when sailing around Malta. Remember, we all have a responsibility to protect the environment, and it's up to us to ensure that it remains pristine for future generations to enjoy. So, sail responsibly and enjoy the beauty of Malta's coastlines without causing harm to the environment.

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