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The luxury yachting sector in crisis in the PACA region

The luxury yachting sector in crisis in the PACA region

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Anchoring of boats over 20 meters will not be authorized in certain areas of the Var and Alpes-Maritimes this summer. The actors of the luxury yachting sector are opposed to this decision, which would weaken the local economy, taken by the Maritime Prefecture of Toulon in order to preserve the underwater flora.

 

Each year, the PACA region attracts 40% of the world’s luxury yachting industry. Due to a decree of the Maritime Prefecture of Toulon, the anchoring of boats over 20 meters will not be allowed in some areas of the Var and Alpes-Maritimes this summer in order to preserve an aquatic plant that grows in the seabed, the Posidonia.

 

Posidonia seagrass beds © Laurent Ballesta

 

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This decision was taken to protect Posidonia meadows, a species protected in the Mediterranean since 1988, which serve as a habitat for many marine species, and which are damaged by large yachts.

 

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