Environmental Information - Marina Puerto Calero
Puerto Calero is proud to have been awarded the Blue Flag during the last two decades. The Blue Flag is an environmental award, given to marinas making a special effort concerning good management with respect to the local environment and nature, and providing users with information on environmental issues. To attain the Blue Flag, the marina has to fulfil a number of criteria concerning environmental information and education, environmental management, safety and service facilities, and water quality.
The Blue Flag is awarded by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), a nongovernmental environmental organisation and is represented by national organisations in each of the participating countries in Europe, the Caribbean, New Zealand and South Africa. Along with the Blue Flag, FEE also develops another eco-label for accommodations: Green Key. Find more information at: www.green-key.org
The Blue Flag is an environmental award for beaches and marinas, concerned with four main areas:
1) Environmental education and information
2) Environmental management
3) Safety and service facilities
4) Water quality
The Blue Flag is only awarded for one season at a time and the award is only valid as long as the criteria are fulfilled. When this is not the case, the persons responsible at local level must remove the Blue Flag
The national FEE organisation checks the Blue Flag sites during the season.
You can help the programme by also taking actions to protect the environment:
- Follow instructions of the code of environmental conduct at the marina
- Use the most environmentally friendly products for paints, detergents, etc.
- Report any pollution or other violation of environmental regulations to the authorities
- Save water, electricity and fuel
- Encourage other sailors to take care of the environment
DEFINITION OF A BLUE FLAG MARINA
A Blue Flag marina must be a marina with pontoons or piers for pleasure boats. It can be part of a larger harbour with other activities, if the Blue Flag marina is clearly separated from harbour activities. The marina can be located in marine or inland waters. The marina must have the necessary facilities to comply with the Blue Flag criteria. A responsible person in the marina must be appointed to deal with the relations to the Blue Flag Campaign. The marina must be accessible for unannounced inspection by FEE.
Calle General Lacy, 3
Portal 1 1ºB
Blue Flag International
Sophie Bachet Granados
Blue Flag International Director
Foundation for Environmental Education
2450 Copenhagen SV
Tel: +45 6124 8081
These are the contacts for the national and international bodies responsible for Blue Flag. You can assist the Programme by telling either the local or national responsible body how well you think this place meets Blue Flag criteria. In this way you can help ensure that the Blue Flag standard continues.
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.).
- Please don’t waste water. There is scant rainfall in Lanzarote and drinking water is currently still produced via costly and environment-damaging desalination processes.
- Avoid using electricity unnecessarily: Producing energy has serious impacts on the natural environment
- 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.
SENSITIVE MARINE AREAS
Lanzarote’s surrounding waters are home to a huge range of species. This map identifies particularly sensitive areas, requesting that you pay special attention to seagrass beds, the possibility of ceteceans and the importance of not allowing any rubbish or contaminants to enter the water.
BLUE FLAG FOR BOATS
Puerto Calero supports the Blue Flag for Boats campaign, working with boat owners to comply with the Environmental Code of Conduct and contribute to Environmental Education programmes.
The small individual Blue Flag can be awarded to interested boat owners/users wanting to contribute to the Blue Flag Campaign. The boat owner signs an environmental code of conduct declaring that he/she will act according the issues outlined below in the code of conduct.
Blue Flag for Boat’s Environmental Code of Conduct.
- I will not allow rubbish to go overboard.
- I will make use of a holding tank on board and not release toilet waste into coastal waters and sensitive areas.
- I will not release poisonous or toxic waste (oil, paint, used batteries, cleaning agents, etc) in the sea. I will dispose of these types of waste in the appropriate marina container.
- I will promote and use recycling facilities for everyday waste (glass, paper, etc).
- I will safely dispose of batteries and waste generated by maintenance: antifouling, oil, etc.
- I will use the most environmentally-friendly and efficient products available.
- I will instantly report pollution or other violation of environmental regulations to the authorities.
- I will not engage in forbidden fishing practices and I will respect periods when fishing is prohibited.
- I will navigate with care and protect animals and plants in the sea, including no disturbance of breeding birds, seals or other marine mammals.
- I will respect sensitive and nature-protected areas.
- Choose anchoring sites carefully so as not to harm delicate sea-bed ecosystems
- I will avoid disturbing fishery or fishing gear.
- I will not buy or use objects made from protected species or from archaeological underwater findings.
- I will encourage other boaters to take care of the environment.
NEW BLUE FLAG RECIPIENTS
Congratulations to RYA Training Centre Endeavour Sailing and Volvo Ocean Race competitors Team SCA. Both groups have demonstrated that they comply fully with the criteria set out by the Blue Flags for Boats campaign and have taken the time to share their expertise with visiting sailors and local residents
Endeavour Sailing principal Stephanie Charlton and sailing instructor John Branson both gave inspiring talks on the ways in which we can reduce waste production on board and provision carefully by choosing local produce and avoid buying over-packaged foods.
During the open days, the training centre provided free instruction on first aid, emergency radio use and other skills. They offered places on their boats so that visitors could have a first experience of sailing.
Using wind and solar energy toys, Team SCA explained how boats have developed great ways to benefit from renewable energy:
- Solar panels can heat water for showers and be used to charge batteries to power lights and electronic and communication systems.
- Wind is used to sail the boat and wind generators can also power electrical systems.
- Hydro generators (underwater propellers) can also produce electrical power.
For more details about obtaining the Blue Flag for Boats and related projects please consult the national Blue Flag representative or ask us in the marina office.
BE A CITIZEN SCIENTIST!
- Register your marine wildlife observations with the RedPROMAR app – www.redpromar.com
- Register and clean up rubbish floating on the sea or in coastal areas with the Debris Tracker - www.marinedebris.engr.uga.edu
- Contribute to bird conservation by logging bird sightings with ebird.org
- Log and share your nature findings with inaturalist.org
- Join a beach clean-up in Lanzarote. These take place on the first Saturday morning of every month in Famara.
- Buy local produce. There are a number of farmers’ markets in Lanzarote:
- Saturday morning: Sangines square in Arrecife / main square in Haria / Uga
- Sunday morning: Mancha Blanca, opposite the church.