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The Mediterranean Posidonia Network (MPN) was established in late 2019 following Anchors Away, a European Commission networking event on mitigating the impact of anchoring on Posidonia beds.
Given the decline of Posidonia seagrass across the Mediterranean Sea as a result of boating/yachting, a number of experts attended the workshop to discuss the need to eliminate existing pressures that were known to compromise the extent, structure and functions of the habitat. With a general recognition that collective action was necessary to prevent further damage to Posidonia, the MPN was formed.
The MPN aims to bring together a range of stakeholders, including authorities, scientists, international environmental organisations, yachting professionals and marinas from Med countries, to formulate a coherent approach to Posidonia preservation. Its approximately 60 members plan to protect 100% of the meadow by 2030.
Of the yachting professionals, yacht agents are among those participating in the network.
The primary target of the MPN is to protect Posidonia from its various pressures and stresses. Coastal and port artificialisation and pollution are the historical threats to its wellbeing, but the yachting industry is also responsible for more modern issues, which include anchoring and mooring.
More than 100 hectares of Posidonia have been lost on the French Riviera over recent years, largely caused by the anchoring of superyachts.
Fishing can also be a problem in certain areas.
To combat these factors as far as possible, the network has a list of core objectives:
The implementation of buoys for captains to follow is seen as being part of the solution, as well as the development of applications and recommendations to ports and states bordering the Mediterranean.
There are a number of laws around the anchoring of superyachts around Posidonia seagrass along the French Riviera. There are strict penalties for captains who fail to adhere to them.
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