The National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America has released a disturbing study detailing the threat of plastic pollution in the ocean, and its impact on seabirds. Plastic trash is found in 90 percent of seabirds. The rate is growing steadily as global production of plastics increases.
According to the Academy, the “Threat of plastic pollution to seabirds is global, pervasive, and increasing.”
The areas of impact facing the greatest threats are the southern boundary of the Indian, Pacific, and Atlantic Oceans.
Plastic found inside birds includes bottle caps, plastic shopping bags, and tiny pieces the size of rice that have been broken down by the sun and waves.
After reading the study’s abstract, Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters commented on the health impact facing the seabirds. “Living along the coast of South Florida, I have seen the small plastic pieces of plastic that wash up into our mangroves and our shoreline,” says Sheeder. “The wildlife rescue groups that we support tell us sharp-edged plastic pieces can kills birds by punching holes in their internal organs. Some seabirds eat so much plastic, there is little room in their stomachs for food. Lack of food affects their body weight and jeopardizes their health.”
Sheeder echoes the concerns of scientists and environmentalists: “At current levels, virtually every seabird will be consuming plastic by 2050. If we don’t address this issue, we are looking at a major contributing factor to the possible extinction of many seabird species. We can’t let that happen.”
Sheeder feels her yachting industry can do more in terms of effective waste management to reduce the threat. “Almost all of the yachts we represent for private yacht charter vacations have the onboard capability to generate fresh drinking water. Now, when our clients request plastic bottled water to be placed onboard prior to their charter, we encourage them to forgo plastic and drink the yacht’s purified water.”
In lieu of plastic water bottles, Sheeder even offers her clients complimentary reusable beverage containers.
Sheeder is confident the tide can be turned. “While the report by the National Academy of Sciences paints a grim future, it also points out that effective waste management can reduce the threat. Protecting our future means preserving the marine environment and promoting responsibility onboard our yachts, in the seas, and along our shores.”
Sheeder further comments, “Everyone can do something. Even just one thing every day. It’s not hard to take that extra moment to help another. Sadly, so many prefer just to stick their heads in the sand rather than being role models and making a difference.”
She encourages others to:
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Today, September 15, 2016 is National Thank You Day. It strikes us that something so ubiquitous creates the perfect opportunity to reach out to you, our clients and friends, and express our appreciation.
Your continued patronage and confidence in our services is deeply appreciated.
We remind ourselves everyday how blessed we are to Deliver the Superyacht Experience to you and your families.
Over the years, we have witnessed how you are driven by sustainability and the greater social good. We’ve come to learn that your chartered yacht serves as a platform to an eco-friendly adventure – a chance to reconnect with your family and friends, embrace diverse cultures, and rejuvenate mind, body, and spirit.
Most importantly, we are humbled by your kindness. You have fully embraced our mission to build our business for generosity. As we have made donations to charities around the world in your name, we never expected so many of you to further participate and add, and in many cases match, our donations with additional donations of your own…
You are the backbone of the 1-800 Yacht Charter community. Your support helps us flourish, and in return, we have been able to touch the lives of so many people and animals in need – from helping school children’s charities in remote villages, to installing buoys to protect coral reefs and marine life.
Our vision statement is, and remains simple: Charter a Yacht And Change the World. Thank you for never letting us lose sight of that dream…
As we end each of our email messages, we’ll close this blog with our standard valediction,
Find out how much better a yacht charter company can be! Put our +35 years’ expertise, passion for yachting, and compelling sense of purpose to work for you. Come enjoy The Superyacht Experience as only 1-800 Yacht Charters can deliver. www.1800yachtcharters.com
Thanks to WFP and photo of little girl in Bolivia by Boris Heger.
We first profiled Dubois in May when a handful of the designers yachts swept the World Superyacht Awards. Some of the world’s largest yachts, specifically luxury sailing charter vessels like TWIZZLE, KOKOMO, and RED DRAGON. These yachts trace their pedigree to the studio of Dubois Naval Architects Ltd.
“Most people who organize charitable donations have a good reason to do so,” explains Ed Dubois. “In our case, our second daughter, Minna, was diagnosed with the rare form of childhood cancer – neuroblastoma – in July 2005. Her chances of survival, statistically, were about 40%.”
All funds raised go directly to Sparks. They will fund specific projects in the area of childhood cancer research. This was agreed upon by Ed and Honor Dubois.
To pledge a donation and for further information about the Dubois Child Cancer Fund (DCCF), please contact us HERE. We will direct you to the proper people. Thank you for #makingadifference with us.
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