The winner of the category society is part of the Malizia sailing campaign by the deep-sea sailing professionals Boris Hermann and Pierre Casiraghi. During deep-sea regattas the team will collect data on the condition of the oceans and evaluate it in co-operation with the Max Planck Institute for Metrology in Hamburg and IFM Geomar in Kiel.
The winner of the category industry: Taking balls of seagrass from the Mediterranean Sea, Prof. Richard Meier has developed a modern and environmentally friendly insulating material which is by no means inferior to any traditional industrial product. The insulator is certified by the Blue Angel environmental label and can be re-used.
The winner of the category science organizes the ultimate yacht race, encompassing 12 stopovers in iconic locations. This global sporting event is combined with cutting-edge scientific research, through a Science Programme, to raise awareness of plastic pollution in the oceans and the global solutions to it.
The Coral Sea borders the Great Barrier Reef and the islands of Melanesia and contains marine ecosystems of extraordinarily high quality and biodiversity. This region accommodates the last great reservoir of ultra-diverse coral reefs in the world, however it currently has insufficient marine protected areas to achieve robust conservation outcomes. Our aim is to raise awareness of the ecological and social value of the Coral Sea and the Eastern Coral Triangle and take a proactive role in its sustainable management. Marine reserves support local fisheries and safeguard biodiversity, but in this region, they can only be successful if they are initiated, administered and supported by the local communities. The "Sea Women of Melanesia" program trains young indigenous women in diving and marine science which qualifies them for a leading role in raising awareness for the need for ocean reservations in their local communities. The team from the Coral Sea Foundation helps the landowners to research and register their marine protected areas and provides humanitarian assistance by way of clean water infrastructure, medical care and training materials in order to promote the participation of the community in the reservations.
With its initiative Sky Ocean Rescue the private television company fights plastic pollution in our oceans. In practice the campaign comprises three measures:
1. By 2020 Sky will remove all disposable plastic from its company. 2. Foundation of an Ocean Rescue Innovation Fund which promotes innovations to avoid disposable plastic. 3. Partnershipwith the WWF to ensure that ocean areas are protected.
The initiative has already borne its first fruits. By restructuring its own company Sky has already been able to save 11,16 tons of disposable plastic in Germany. The first start-ups have also been supported by the promotional fund and the partnership with WWF formed. Moreover, Sky is working towards making all TV products as sustainable as possible.
Unfortunately, the infrastructure for the disposal of waste water from yachts is not well developed or pumping stations are not working. Many people therefore discharge their waste water into the water. The added odour inhibiting chemicals are harmful to the ecosystem. enteron is the first certified fully biological mini sewage treatment plant for sailing and motor yachts, houseboats and expedition vehicles. The waste water is cleaned directly on board without any chemicals being added. The clean waste water can be discharged into the environment without any concerns and thus environmental pollution can be avoided. The fully biological process is based on the principle of nature. The mini sewage treatment plants are designed for people who live permanently on houseboats or yachts. The shipyards, too, have already recognised the idea of sustainability and its advantages and have shown interest, especially in self-sufficient and sustainable ship concepts. enteron can be installed both retrospectively or during the construction phase. Compliance with the internationally required wastewater limits is certified in accordance with IMO/MARPOL and MED. Since September 2017, serial production started and approx. one unit is delivered per week.
NextWave Plastics is an industry-led, open-source collaboration among leading technology and consumer-focused companies to develop the first global network of ocean-bound plastics supply chains. Originally convened by Dell Technologies and led by Lonely Whale, this initiative aims to keep plastic in our economy and out of the ocean and has committed to reduce a minimum of 25,000 tons of plastic waste entering the oceans by 2025 across countries most impacted by plastic pollution. Members include Dell Technologies, Bureo, ,General Motors, Herman Miller, HP Inc., Humanscale, IKEA, Interface, and Trek Bicycle.
Alnitak is an ocean conservation project that involves the general public in its work (Citizen Science). With this initiative, anyone of any age who is interested, can act as a scientist for a week and thus get to know the relevance of ocean conservation. In 2018, 12 teachers and 38 young students from local schools were invited on board in July, as part of Alnitak’s educational outreach program about plastic pollution: “Changemakers At Sea”. The students and teachers were like part of the crew and helped collect valuable data. This collection is principally used to manage and survey the marine protected areas in the Mediterranean and to record the numbers of different wildlife populations (whales, tuna, seabirds etc). For this data collection, the Alnitak team use the “Toftevaag“ sailing yacht, a centennial Norwegian ketch.
Throughout the world coral reef ecosystems are increasingly being damaged by human influences, such as pollution from agricultural contaminants. The project has set itself the task of solving this problem by saving damaged reefs. This is done by using the “gardening coral reefs“model which is based on two steps to restoration. Firstly, corals are grown in specially developed underwater coral nurseries. In the second phase the corals grown in this way are replanted into damaged reefs. The concept has had promising results and has been tested throughout the world on various types of coral and reef. The knowledge gained on the preservation of the coral reefs is shared with scientists in various countries. Scientists from 20 countries are involved in the project, representing more than 25 universities and institutes. It has thus been possible to set up an international network to ensure that the concept is spread and accessible internationally.