SALTY’s Environmental Statement
SALTY’s use of traditional and conventional sailing ships and unique Sailing Adventures, provide minimal environmental impact following the seven core principles of the Leave No Trace Organization built on the seven core principles that are used to communicate the best available minimum impact guidance for enjoying the outdoors responsibly. The Seven Principles of Leave No Trace were developed to help educate and guide recreationists in sustainable minimum impact practices that mitigate or avoid recreation-related impacts. These Principles are the most robust and widely utilized minimum impact outdoor practices. Although Leave No Trace has its roots in backcountry and wilderness, the practices have been adapted so that they can be applied anywhere including the ocean and SALTY’s sailing adventures. Each Principle, adapted to sailing adventures, covers a specific topic and provides detailed information for minimizing impacts.
The Seven Principles:
- Plan Ahead and Prepare
- Sail and Anchor in Safe Approved Waters
- Dispose of Waste Properly
- Leave What You Find
- Minimize All Land Based Impacts
- Respect All Sea Creatures and Wildlife
- Be Considerate of Others
The Principles are based not only on a respect for nature and other visitors; they are also based on and supported by scientific research. The majority of this research aligns with the fields of Recreation Ecology and Human Dimensions of Natural Resources. Recreation Ecology research informs us about recreation-related impacts and how they can be reduced by managers and visitors, while Human Dimensions research tells us about outdoor enthusiasts perceptions, attitudes, beliefs and behaviors regarding enjoyment of the outdoors. These principles are the foundation of all SALTY’s programming and operations.
Benefits SALTY Brings To The Environment And Its Constituents
All sailing has an impact on the environment of the ocean and its shores. One of the important roles of SALTY’s Sailing Adventures is to identify this impact and educate our guests about the steps they can take to minimize it. It is also paramount that our Captains and Mates exemplify minimal impact behavior as their actions and attitudes will generally be seen as ‘normal’ behavior which our youths will emulate.
Minimal impact techniques start before boarding our ships. For example, by planning to reduce the amount of items packed before arriving on board. Captains and Mates also reduce the amount of rubbish that needs to be disposed of during the sail. During a Sailing Adventure, guests are reminded of the importance of reducing their impact on the sea and our shorelines. This can be done by encouraging guest to stay on marked walking trails when ashore, not to disturb coastal vegetation and to leave sea life alone, to retain their rubbish for later disposal, and to use the toilets facilities provided.
Our youth groups come from a range of backgrounds and experiences. SALTY’s Captains and Mates are well versed in minimal impact awareness, and know how to communicate their minimal impact messages using a variety of techniques. Depending on the youth group, the approach of Captains and Mates may focus on encouragement, education or enforcement.