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Preview: Ocean Talks 2018 speakers on why you should attend

Preview: Ocean Talks 2018 speakers on why you should attend

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Ocean Talks 2018

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Taking place at the Royal Geographical Society in London on June 13, the inaugural Ocean Talks will bring together some of the world’s leading marine scientists, environmental activists and superyacht industry experts to discuss the importance of protecting our oceans, methods for tackling the plastic pollution crisis, celebrate successes so far and consider how we can continue to save our waterways. Click here to register to attend and read on for an exclusive preview from three of our top guest speakers.

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Tackling plastic pollution

AJ Sutherland - Chief Officer of Black Pearl

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Oceanco’s 106.7 metre Black Pearl is one of the world's most advanced and eco-friendly superyachts, offering true zero-emissions cruising.

While ultra-modern engineering and technology keep her environmentally friendly, her crew take much simpler measures like using canteen water bottles and re-filling from a dedicated drinking water tap in the crew mess. Chief Officer AJ Sutherland wants to see more being done to reduce plastic waste. “For a yacht with 25 crew who are all meant to drink three litres a day, that’s six bottles of 500ml x 25 = 150 a day, 1,050 a week, 55,000 bottles a year – one yacht!

“I have had the privilege of going to some of the remotest beaches in the Pacific – little atolls in the middle of nowhere. In the last 10 years I’ve never walked along one without seeing at least one flip flop or plastic water bottle on the beach line”.

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Leading by example

AJ Sutherland - Chief Officer of Black Pearl

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AJ believes that the yachting community has the means to get involved and make the necessary changes when it comes to use of plastic, but needs to become a driving force and lead by example.

“We shouldn’t give our business to companies that are not environmentally friendly. For the yachting industry, speak to marinas and find out their recycling procedures, then remind them how much marina fees are and that maybe another marina ‘up the road’ has a better eco-program and the yacht might think about going there next time.”

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