It is not unusual to read in these pages about a celebrity such as Leonardo DiCaprio buying a new yacht, or being seen aboard one of the world’s most famous superyachts.

However, we are proud this time to be writing about not where Leonardo has been seen frolicing about the world’s oceans, but what he is doing to protect them!

People who love the sea usually pride themselves on being good stewards of the environment, and luxury yacht owners are no exception. In fact, when it comes to protecting the environment, yacht owners like to lead by example, finding the right balance of enjoying all yachting has to offer, while still minimizing their yacht’s impact on the environment. Recently, Mr. DiCaprio was honored for doing just that.

Photo Credit: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry watches actor and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio on September 15, 2016, as he addressed the third Our Ocean Conference at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. [State Department Photo/ Public Domain]

At the first ever “Gala for The Oceans,” held at this year’s Monaco Yacht Show (MYS), DiCaprio was given an award by Prince Albert of Monaco himself for his, “passionate dedication to the environment and the world’s oceans.” DiCaprio said in a statement, “Clean air, water, and a livable climate are inalienable human rights. And solving this crisis is not a question of politics, it is a question of our own survival.”

Prince Albert is a well-known environmentalist himself, having created the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation which is dedicated to developing initiatives for a sustainable ocean. The Gala is a major fundraiser for the Foundation. Speaking about the event exclusively to Vogue magazine, Prince Albert said, “As head of a state bordered by the sea, I have made ocean conservation a priority. It’s a key issue because it is a crucial concern for the future of mankind. “It is time to stop taking our ocean for granted and to start looking after its precious resources.”

The banquet and awards ceremony took place on September 28th, 2017, during MYS, and it was held at the Salle Garnier, the “jewel of the Casino de Monte-Carlo” and the site of Prince Albert and Princess Charlene’s wedding dinner.

How Can All Yacht Owners Help Protect Our Oceans?

You do not have to be an Academy Award winning actor, or a Prince, to help preserve and protect our oceans and other precious waterways.

We call upon all responsible yacht owners to do our part, through proper onboard waste management, and recycling.

Improperly disposed of, or unrecycled trash from boats, can easily end up becoming marine debris. Marine debris is any man-made item that ends up as trash in our oceans, lakes, or inland waterways. Marine debris isn’t just ugly, it is a major environmental threat. Debris from marine waste sickens and kills marine animals and birds. It also has a serious negative impact on local economies that rely on tourism and fisheries. While it is true that nearly 80% of the trash that ends up as dangerous marine debris, comes from land, as dedicated stewards of the environment, boaters need to do their part to stem the tide!

Of course, just as on land, paper, cans and bottles, can and should all be recycled when they are ready to be disposed of on your yacht. But, there are also many other marine specific products, that you may not use on land, that can also be recycled, helping to reduce the amount of waste going to landfills and ensuring proper disposal of potentially hazardous materials. Monofilament fishing line for example, is very hazardous to fish and marine life and should be recycled. Check the warning labels of any marine cleaning products or supplies for how they should be properly disposed of or recycled.

If you love the sea, you must enjoy it responsibly!


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