How can they maximise their impact on protecting ocean health and get involved in an experience like no other?
The Yachts for Science program has the answer.
The freedom to travel the world and explore the corners and depths of our oceans brings a new perspective of the world that very few will be lucky enough to experience. Combine this with a passion and love for the ocean leaves many feeling they want to do more to protect it, understand it and conserve all it has to offer.
The world’s oceans cover 70% of the Earth’s surface and are a major contributor to keeping life on Earth. They help regulate our climate and weather platforms, by transporting heat from the equator to the poles, as well as providing over 50% of the world’s oxygen and storing more carbon dioxide than the atmosphere.
But that’s not all, the oceans provide many lifesaving medicinal ingredients to fight life-threatening diseases, over 200 million jobs in the marine industry worldwide and have the ability to protect our coastlines with its natural defences in the form of wetlands, mangroves, coral reefs and seagrass beds.
The ocean is closely tied to human health. If the ocean is in distress then so are we, which is why it is so important to protect it at all costs.
A major way to protect our ocean, as well as see the state it is actually in, is to fully understand it through data and research. Although we know key facts about the ocean, our current understanding is quite limited.
Ocean research allows us to make discoveries. To make observations and collect data of the biological, chemical, physical, geological and archaeological aspects of the ocean and marine life, that will enable future decision making, further research and address current and emerging science.
Understanding the hidden secrets of the ocean can reveal key insight into the state of the planet, new sources of medicinal ingredients, food and energy, as well as help us know how to respond better to natural hazards.
But there is one major issue that is preventing vital ocean research from being carried out… access.
Access to the ocean is not as easy as you think and researchers, scientists, filmmakers and many more are struggling to gain ocean access due to a lack of suitable vessels. Research vessels are limited and there is simply not enough to go around or to be located in the right place at the right time to coincide with a specific project.
There are currently over 8,000 yachts at sea, travelling the globe, which makes for a huge opportunity to utilise them as platforms for research, as well as provide a once in a lifestyle opportunity for a yacht owner and crew to be involved in an adventure like no other.
Not all ocean research or exploration projects need large-scale research vessels. Although each project will have its vessel requirements, many simply need enough berths for their team, space to store their equipment and a table surface to record data and findings. This is why yachts and superyachts can be used to facilitate such important ocean research.
Apart from enabling access to the ocean and vital ocean research and exploration, donating your vessel will provide a once in a lifetime experience for you, your family and your crew.