Marina La Palma – Environmental Information
Calero Marinas have always endeavoured to fulfil an originally established aim of creating safe, clean and responsibly managed marinas. Privileged to be located within a Biosphere Reserve on an island of dramatic beauty, the group is also proud to be part of a thriving awareness of ecological and environmental issues.
The island of La Palma was the first in the Canary Islands to have an area declared as a Biosphere Reserve and is home to a marvellous world of endemic species and spectacular landscapes. With dramatic coastlines, aromatic heaths and woodlands, huge volcanic craters and clear skies protected by law, La Palma respects and preserves its natural heritage.
In compliance with the island’s distinction as a Biosphere Reserve and Calero Marinas’ appreciation of the importance of environmental management, the company has prepared this Environmental Policy. It describes the group’s special responsibility in managing a facility linking both the ground and sea and our obligation to protect the environment, support the local area and promote sustainable development and includes the following aims that the company strives to achieve:
- Adopt the necessary measures in order to comply with all environmental legislation applicable to our activities.
- Work to achieve a good use of natural resources and energy and to avoid harmful impacts on the environment.
- Define, revise and comply with environmental management objectives, ensuring a continual improvement of systems and quality.
- Communicate the importance of conservation and respect for the environment to all clients and companies that use the marina and surrounding waters.
- Practise, comminucate and maintain a constant check on our environmental practise in the interests of continuous improvement.
CALERO MARINAS ENVIRONMENTAL CODE OF CONDUCT FOR BOATS ENTERING THE MARINA
You are entering a marina within a Biosphere Reserve.
Please help us preserve the delicate balance of this unique environment.
The coasts and surrounding waters are teeming with life. They contribute an incalculable value to our welfare and are the basis of a substantial fishing and tourist economy.
At first sight the sea seems enormous, capable of coping with human activity but this is not the case. Our waters and those of the rest of the planet are very much under pressure and heavily polluted.
Separate and retain all types of rubbish waste and deposit them in the appropriate recycling container.
It is prohibited to throw toxic or hazardous products, such as oil, fuel-stuffs or batteries into the sea. Make proper use of the marina recycling facilities provided.
Observe the port regulations regarding boat repairs, unnecessary engine use and responsible behaviour within the marina and its facilities (boatyard, fuel dock etc.).
Use water and electricity wisely.
Clean bilges in a responsible manner; do not discard any type of waste into the sea; nets, hooks, fishing lines, lead weights, plastic, or any item which could become tangled in your own propellers or worse pointlessly kill thousands of animals which become entangled or ingest them.
The daily act of anchoring a boat presents a grave danger to the seabed. Help promote the use of established moorings or buoys in commonly used areas.
If you enjoy fishing, return to the sea all immature fish which do not reach the minimum size and also those animals still alive with no commercial value, especially protected species such as turtles and dolphins.
Only use permitted methods of fishing and respect all protected areas and marine reserves (see plan posted in the marina).
Our future and that of future generations depends on proper conservation and awareness of the sea and its coastlines.
Puerto Calero thanks WWF/Adena Canarias for their kind help in extending this advice.
For more information on the Biosphere Reserve of La Palma, the island’s Nature Reserves and other protected areas on the island, please click on the links below.
La Palma Biosphere Reserve (information available in Spanish)