RIMTA kick starts a speaker series on environment and marine industry business with panel featuring Clean Ocean Access, Sailors for the Sea and 11th Hour Racing.
This Tuesday, November 7th, Newport Yacht Club hosted the first installment of the series sponsored by Newport Shipyard and Rhode Island Marine Trades Association. The event consisted of a brief networking period, cash bar and appetizers before the main panel commenced at 7pm. The speakers featured Dave McClaughlin of Clean Ocean Access, and most notably, the leader of the Bag Ban here in Newport and Middletown. Also present was Mark Davis, President of Sailors for the Sea as well as Rob MacMillan and Michelle Carnevali, as representatives of 11th Hour Racing.
Roughly 50 attendees learned how devastating failing to protect our shorelines and our water bodies can be. Specifically, microfiber and microplastic pollution entering the environment is an issue being targeted by local forces such as 11th Hour Racing and Clean Ocean Access. The groups are working hard to spread awareness on the topic and have found the recent addition of trash skimmers in Newport Harbor to be invaluable as a two-fold tool as far as removing the micro-pollutants while simultaneously educating the public and passers-by on the harmful effects of plastics entering our environment. The trash skimmers were made possible after Clean Ocean Access received a grant from 11th Hour Racing, allowing four skimmers to be placed in the harbor at locations near Sail Newport, New England Boatworks and Perrotti Park.
To obtain more information regarding the trash skimmers in Newport, visit 11th Hour Racing.
Sailors for the Sea is a global conservation organization that engages, educates, inspires and activates the sailing and boating community toward healing the ocean. We are a collective rallying cry and the momentum behind a sea change.
Sailors for the Sea inspires change by bringing together the boating community that is millions strong. President, Mark Davis used the night to inform attendants of the various programs that make up the organization such as KELP (Kid's Environmental Lesson Plans) which aims to promote understanding of the environment to future generations as well as Ocean Watch which is an article distributed monthly containing pertinent information on ocean health and combatting plastic pollution. For the devoted sailors, SFTS has plenty to offer including their Clean Boating Guide to help sailors go green as well as their Clean Regattas initiative to protect local waters.