MCS Eddystone Project commended at Dusseldorf Boat Show

Richard Harrington By: Richard Harrington
Date posted: 23 January 2018

MCS and our partners, Princess Yachts Ltd, were put forward for an Ocean Tribute Award at the Dusseldorf Boat Show 2018.

The nomination, in the science category, is for the ongoing work MCS is doing at Eddystone Reef, part of the Start Point to Plymouth Sound and Eddystone Special Area of Conservation. The work has been funded by Princess Yachts Ltd.

Seasearch divers have been monitoring the area after dredging and trawling was stopped at the iconic site, and the funding has enabled MCS to join forces with the Cornish Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority to monitor the area using remote underwater camera equipment.

Dr Jean-Luc Solandt, Principal Specialist, MPAs at MCS says: “We wanted to see how areas of the deep seabed are recovering since the scallop dredging and trawling stopped near the reef. By deploying ‘remote’ cameras and collecting photos, we are able to get the pictures analysed by experts at the University of Exeter, Cornwall Campus and learn more about what’s down there.”

Princess Yachts Ltd are one of the main exhibitors at the show, and have generously supported the Eddystone project with a donation of £20,000 annually.

The overall winner of the award was an ocean acidification monitoring and awareness project, and the jury consisted of experts from the scientific, industrial and trade fair communities.

The Dusseldorf Boat Show is one of the largest boat and watersports show and the VIP award ceremony is a prestigious highlight, organised by the show’s directors in conjunction with the German Ocean Foundation and HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco to honour innovative ideas and products that protect the water environment.

Read more about the Eddystone Project

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