Volvo Penta & Amer Yachts challenge boaters to cruise below 15 knots08/11/2018
To ensure the seas remain a haven for fish and mammals to feed and breed, it is important to cruise below 15 knots in marine sanctuaries and areas rich with wildlife.
“Scientific evidence proves that boats heavier than 80 tonnes, which go faster than 15 knots, pose a higher risk of collision to cetaceans (marine mammals),” says Sabina Airoldi, a marine biologist at the Tethys Research Institute – an Italian organization dedicated to oceanic conservation. “There is such a variety of species of wildlife in the Mediterranean Sea, and among them is the Fin Whale – the biggest animal in the world after the Blue Whale. Because of their large size Fin Whales and Sperm Whales find it hard to avoid fast moving boats, putting them at higher risk of collisions which can often be fatal.”
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