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ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP AND MANATEE PROTECTION PLAN

The Discover Boating Miami International Boat Show has an ongoing commitment to support and protect marine wildlife. To reinforce this commitment, we have implemented a comprehensive plan for the safety of any manatees in the area during the sea trials.

To maximize the Discover Boating Miami International Boat Show’s responsiveness during sea trials, the Boat Show’s parent company, Informa Markets, has retained Dr. Amy C. Hirons, Director, Charismatic Megafauna and Oceanography Laboratory (CMOL) at Nova Southeastern University, to conduct a thorough assessment. 

Dr. Hirons scope of work will consist of the following:

1) Locate, organize, and train 10-20 individuals, predominantly Nova Southeastern University marine graduate and undergraduate students, to act as Manatee Spotters for the duration of the show. A training session will be required for these Manatee Spotters on Tuesday, 15 February. Spotters will be trained to:

  • Keep a sharp lookout and to identify snouts and silhouettes
  • Reduce speed in areas known for manatees
  • Inform sea trial participants to keep their distance from manatees
  • Inform sea trial participants to slow vessels immediately and to place the boat in neutral in the event of a manatee sighting 

One Spotter is anticipated per vessel (35’ and greater). The Spotters will be required to wear polarized sunglasses and a designated t-shirt or vest identifying them as a Manatee Spotter. Each vessel should have marine binoculars that the Spotters can use for greater visual acuity.

Each Spotter will collect data on manatee observations during each sea trial and in the vicinity of the marina, base of sea trials as well as Venetian and MacArthur Causeways (number sighted, distance, day, time) on a manatee log. 

2) There will be three drones flying the show. Each drone will cover a different area – (i) one will be located at the sea-isle marina north of the Venetian Causeway, (ii) one will be at the Genting property located between the Venetian Causeway and the MacArthur Causeway, and (iii) one at the Museum Park slip/cruise ship turning basin located south of the MacArthur Causeway. 

The drone pilots will be stationed on the end of the docks near the water taxi stands. Each done pilot will have a separate 10x10 shaded tent with AC power to charge their equipment. Drone pilots will communicate with water taxi and sea trial captains through VHF and closed UHF communication networks. Drone pilots will record in-water conditions, and the recordings will be analyzed by CMOL and findings will be incorporated into a final report.

3) A final report assimilating all available manatee encounter data during the boat show will be provided to Informa Markets 60 days post closure of the MIBS and receipt of all data.

4) Informa Markets has also contributed a $20,000 corporate sponsorship of the Society for Marine Mammalogy’s (SMM) international conference, SMM2021, which will be held in Palm Beach, FL 1-5 August 2022. During the conference, Dr. Hirons will present the results of her final report, and a moderated panel of biologists, regulators and industry representatives will discuss the importance of coordinated environmental initiatives among the business community, the scientific community and government. 

SUSTAINABILITY & CONSERVATION

The Discover Boating International Boat show is a socially responsible, sustainably developed, and environmentally responsible event with various initiatives. 

Running our event provides us with opportunities to improve our environmental, social, and economic impact in Miami. We want to make our event more responsible and play a role in helping our market improve its own sustainability through connecting people with the networks and knowledge they need to solve big challenges in our sector.

CARBON NEUTRAL GOAL

Thanks to our partnership with Yacht Carbon Offset we have offset  1,194 tonnes CO2e, which represents the greenhouse gas emissions from 106,340 US Gallons of Ultra Low Sulphur Diesel (a contribution of the fuel consumed by all the vessels at the show).

Our contributions will help fund the Chacayes Hydroelectric Project, a large-scale, run-of-river hydroelectric power scheme developed in the Alto Cachapoal Valley of the Andes Mountains. The project utilizes the hydrologic resources of the Cachapoal and Cipreses Rivers to generate power from two 56.5 MW turbines.

Chacayes was the first in a series of five hydroelectric projects developed in Chile that added more than 600 MW of renewable energy capacity to Chile’s national grid. The project has contributed to a material reduction in the country’s reliance on fossil fuels and consequently to a reduction in carbon emissions.

TENTED HERO TURTLES

Each year, we produce the Palm Beach International Boat Show on behalf of the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County. Through a member of the association, we found out that the local Loggerhead Marinelife Center had a big problem.

The Center promotes the conservation of ocean ecosystems with a special focus on threatened and endangered turtles through research, rehabilitation, and educational programs. Due to renovations, the center needed somewhere to put the tanks with the turtles.

When we heard about this, we realized we could help by loaning our unused marquees from the boat show. Our tech and transport teams volunteered over a weekend to move two truckloads of tents and build them at the Center.

Our US boat shows have been supporting local communities in various ways for years, this project felt particularly close to our hearts because we all love the ocean and its ecosystem – it’s one of the reasons we’re in the business we’re in.

ENERGY-EFFICIENCY GOAL

We have been working to manage our event’s carbon impact by investing over $2.8 million dollars to eliminate the use of diesel generators and reduce our electricity usage with energy-saving technology resulting in a 15-20% decrease.

We are also proud to host the event at The Miami Beach Convention Center which received LEED® Silver certification, an exciting achievement recognizing environmentally-friendly infrastructure and practices installed at the venue. 

Installation of reduced flow water faucets and flush fixtures at the MBCC increase water efficiency, translating into an annual savings of about 115,000 gallons of water. Reduced energy consumption (of about 15% overall) is supported by sun-shading “fins” along the exterior perimeter of the building preventing excessive solar heat gain. The venue leverages daylight in public spaces and uses high-efficiency LED lighting throughout to achieve reduced energy consumption.