At The Yacht Week, it is very important that we are able to make a difference by sparking positive change no matter where the wind and the waves take us. Last year, our aim was to eliminate the use of plastic straws at all our events across the globe. This year we intend to make a bigger change in the reduction of single-use-plastics on our routes with the help of Aegean Rebreath.
ABOUT AEGEAN REBREATH
Aegean Rebreath is an incredible Greek grassroots-led organisation, founded by a group of divers who started helping out small fishing ports and reefs to clean the sea bed. They soon grew into a much larger organisation of volunteers conducting mass beach clean ups and diving operations with funding from the European institutions and other Greek foundations.
They are Community Award Winners among 475 proposals in the Idea Challenge Camp “Advocate Europe.” They've organised 25 widespread clean-up missions (diving as well as coastal missions) around Greece & have partnerships with the vast majority of the local authorities. They've gathered more than 15 tons of collected material (identification & classification) for recycling, reuse & safe disposal over the years. They established the first net collection point in Greece (in Cyclades).
This year Aegean Rebreath will lead “Revive Week” with port dives, reef dives, ghost net removals, and beach clean ups. Expect hard work and the best sunsets. We will sail to three different locations in the Saronic Gulf for this mission and take part in the grand opening of the very first Marine Litter Recycling Station funded by this project.
ABOUT MARINE LITTER
- More than 8 million tons of plastic are dumped in our oceans every year.
- Discarded fishing gear makes up around 10% of all marine litter.
- Given that Mediterranean Sea is almost completely enclosed by land, all marine litter ending up here is trapped and large concentrations of micro-plastics has been observed in Greek seas.
- According to samples from 167 different Aegean Sea shorelines, micro-plastics were detected in all of them.
Get involved on our mission to preserve the ocean. We sail to some of the world’s most beautiful locations and we aim to keep them that way.