Posidonia, otherwise known as seagrass, is an underwater plant found growing in the Mediterranean Sea amid coastline and 25-metre (85-foot) depths. It is one of the oldest living beings on earth, living up to 100,000 years, and is paramount to the underwater ecosystems by providing important sources of oxygen.
A recent change in French law now affects where yachts and superyachts over 24 metres (78 feet) will be able to anchor in order to protect the Posidonia and other endangered marine species. New regulations ensure that wildlife must not be damaged due to boating activities.
Thierry Voisin, president of Comité Européen pour le Yachting professionnel (ECPY), has been consulting with the relevant authorities to make sure changes will not cause significant or irreparable damage to the yachting industry - a community that is wholeheartedly supports.
Yachting Pages outlines everything you need to know about the protection of Posidonia in France and the effect it will have on superyachts coming to the area in future. See below for a map of the Posidonia anchorage restrictions for yachts in French waters.
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