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Imperial is proud to announce our support of the Blue Marine Foundation by becoming an active Corporate Partner of the charity. Being constantly reminded of the deteriorating state of our oceans and seas while out on the water, the team at Imperial decided to take action by supporting the Blue Marine Foundation (BLUE) in a more active way from August 2018. This involvement reaffirms the long-standing relationship between Imperial and BLUE, which started in 2016 with the first London to Monaco cycle ride.
“We were among the first partners of BLUE when they created the London to Monaco cycle ride to raise funds for their specific marine projects, in 2016. We were sensitive to the call of our esteemed partner Andrew Winch and decided to act on his side for this sensitive matter.” says Julia Stewart, Imperial Director. “This success for BLUE called for another ride in 2017, but we decided to go a step further in 2018 by becoming a Corporate Partner of the organization and not only a sponsor of the London to Monaco event, which involves Imperial in a long-term partnership. We thought that the time had come to encourage the protection of our oceans in a stronger way. We encourage all the yachting industry to follow our path and to support BLUE for a brighter and more responsible future.”
BLUE exists to combat over-fishing and the destruction of biodiversity – arguably the largest problem facing the world’s oceans – by delivering practical conservation solutions, including the creation of large-scale marine reserves and models of sustainable fishing that allow fish stocks to recover over time. BLUE’s aim is to put 10% of the world’s oceans under protection by 2020 and 30% by 2030.
Supported by HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, BLUE manages marine conservation project across the world,, chief among which are: an ambitious new undertaking to protect the diverse waters off the island of Menorca where pressure from unregulated fishing, tourism and pollution are having a negative impact on the region’s incredibly diverse marine life; a project on the remote South Atlantic island of St Helena where BLUE is working to understand and protect the large groups of male and female whale sharks that congregate in its waters; and the Solent Oyster Restoration Project in the south of England which aims to restore the area’s once prevalent oyster beds – now one of the most imperiled marine habitats with over 85% having been lost globally.
To support BLUE, visit their website: https://www.bluemarinefoundation.com. More information from BLUE and Imperial’s involvement will follow through 2018 and 2019.Having supported the last two rides, we can highly recommend London to Monaco to any passionate cyclists who care about the oceans. Visit www.london-monaco.cc for more information and contact Sara-Jane Skinner E: firstname.lastname@example.org to register for 2019.
For further information, and for photographs of London to Monaco 2016 and 2017, please contact Steve Bailet, Head of Marketing.
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