DFDS partners with the Ocean Conservation Trust
DFDS has agreed a new partnership to protect UK coastlines by working with global conservation charity the Ocean Conservation Trust (OCT).
The partnership was unveiled during National Marine Week (24 July to 7 August 2022.
The ferry company, which operates services from the UK to France and the Netherlands, will support the OCT’s Blue Meadows project, which aims to protect, regenerate, and restore seagrass habitats along UK coastlines.
Seagrass meadows provide valuable habitats for a diverse range of sealife, helping to support healthier oceans.
Up to 500 hectares of UK seagrass beds are lost each year due to human activity such as pollution and destructive fishing activity.
The partnership between DFDS and the Blue Meadows project will help protect 10% of the UK’s seagrass for the next five years.
Customers have the chance to learn more about the Trust’s work, get involved in its #thinkocean challenge, and explore volunteering opportunities.
They can support its projects by donating to its fundraising campaigns.
The partnership is a first for a UK ferry operator, although DFDS runs several other environmental initiatives in the UK.
These include a long-standing partnership with marine conservation charity ORCA, now in its 15th year, and a carbon-offsetting scheme.
Stephen House, Head of Campaigns for DFDS’s Channel Routes said: “The Blue Meadows project is doing vital work to protect coastal habitats. Our work will restore and protect hundreds of hectares of seagrass meadows to ensure a positive future for our oceans.”