DONATE TO OUR CHARITIES
The Mermaid Atlantic crew are passionate about the environment around them due to their island home, so it’s only right to use the row as a platform to raise awareness and donations for charities dedicated to the protection and preservation of the natural world. With a goal of £2500 for each charity, the team are grateful for anything you can spare, and you can donate using the buttons below.
The Seahorse Trust
The Seahorse Trust was set up in 1999 as an umbrella organisation to preserve and conserve the natural world, especially the marine environment, using seahorses as their flagship species. They work in partnership with many organisations and people from all over the world and it is this unique partnership that allows them to achieve so much in the conservation of seahorses and their environment for the future.
Seahorses are a unique fish species that occupy the coastal areas of most of the world. It is these very areas that are most under threat, being vulnerable to human and natural interference, they suffer badly. By working together, we can make a difference to their future and the future of these fragile eco-systems. In August 2021 the trust began installing eco-moorings in Studland Bay with the help of their partners to protect the seagrass on the seabed, a home to spiny seahorses, both of which have been affected by an increase in the number of boats visiting the site. The next step is to fundraise so that more sites can be identified and to install and maintain further eco-moorings.
Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust
HIWWT is one of 46 Wildlife Trusts working across the UK as the voice for wildlife and wild places with government, local authorities and others. With hundreds of events, activities and classes throughout the year, people of all ages can experience and learn about our incredible natural treasures.
In the next ten years HIWWT aim to create a much wilder Hampshire and Isle of Wight as they believe nature’s recovery is at the forefront of tackling the climate crisis. One focus is the seagrass meadows that surround the island. These meadows are damaged by pollution, human activity, reduced water quality, disease, and the effects of climate change with 92% disappearing in the last 100 years. Its preservation is crucial as it provides a habit for native seahorses, fish and other marine life and protects our shores from erosion, while filtering and improving water quality. But most impressively, seagrass absorbs and converts carbon 35 times faster than the rainforest, proving a global benefit in reversing climate change.
Surfers Against Sewage
SAS are a community dedicated to the protection of oceans, waves, beaches and wildlife. They fight long and hard to protect what they love and won’t stop until it’s completely clean, safe and protected for everyone, forever.
SAS began as a response by the surfing community to the dreadful state of their local beaches. Those hardy souls who ventured into the water back then often found themselves swimming in raw sewage. The campaign grew loud, proud and strong and thanks to the passion and perseverance of their members, the UK now enjoys some of the cleanest beaches in Europe. It’s not just surfers who care passionately about our coastlines — their members are swimmers, dog walkers, paddleboarders, beach cleaners, kite surfers, sandcastle builders, ice cream eaters and sunbathers too. They protect the ocean because they love it and that’s where they feel most at home. SAS will always care about Water Quality issues and their Safer Seas Service continually monitors sewage spills in real-time on beaches around the UK.
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