Ocean Positive+ and Carbon Neutral
Not a day goes by that we aren’t thankful for calling the ocean our office. We want to be sure to treat our beloved ocean and planet with care. That’s why starting 2022 we are officially ocean positive and carbon neutral.
To accomplish carbon neutrality on each of our bookings we proudly partnered up with SeaTrees. Together we work out what the emissions are on each booking, based on boat type, time spent on the water, speed, etcetera. Los Angeles Yacht Charter than purchases tokens (per ton)based on the calculations. These tokens go towards projects that restore multiple ecosystems to sequester CO2. Each token purchased go towards three eco goals:
- 1.0 ton of CO2 sequestered using VCS certified carbon offsets
- 4 mangrove trees planted
- 1.0 sq-ft of kelp
The purpose of this mix is to first become “net-zero” with Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) certified carbon credits. Then, the additional mangrove trees and kelp forest will sequester an additional 1.2 tons of CO2 over the 25 year life of the trees, which makes the action “Ocean Positive”.
Kelp ecosystems in California are in a state of crisis. In Southern California more than 85% of the giant kelp forests have been devastated, and in Northern California almost 95% of the bull kelp forests have disappeared in the last 10 years. Caused by the proliferation of purple sea urchins, as their predators disappear due to human impacts and climate change.
Clearing “urchin barrens” allows rapidly growing kelp to regrow and re-establish healthy kelp forests – creating habitat for marine life and sequestering carbon emissions.
This project restores the degraded coral reefs on Nusa Penida Island in Bali, Indonesia. SeaTrees project partner, Ocean Gardener, employs local Balinese fishermen to restore the reef and monitor the regeneration until it can survive on its own.
This is important because coral reefs are threatened globally. About half of the world’s coral reefs have been lost in the last 30 years. More than 60% of the remaining reefs are threatened by human activity, with Indonesia being one of the largest areas of vulnerability. Known as the “rainforests of the sea,” coral reefs are the largest living structures on earth and support 25% of marine life.
Restores and maintains the land by direct restoration of the stream bed and regenerative agricultural practices, which then serves the community as a source of regenerative organic produce, erosion prevention, and protection for the neighboring reefs.
Restore, replant, and protect the area’s unique and vital forest systems. This project restores and protects 46 hectares of highly degraded mangrove forest. Biak Island’s mangrove estuaries are 75% deforested. Located in the center of the Coral Triangle, the reefs around the Biak Island Region have some of the highest levels of biodiversity on the planet.
This project restores 100+ hectares of degraded mangrove forest within the Malindi Watamu National Marine Park and Reserve – a UNESCO Designated Biosphere Area + one of the world’s oldest marine protected areas. Mida Creek is an important stopover for migratory birds, home to a critical sea turtle habitat and nesting areas, is used as a nursing ground for humpback whales, and has a large resident population of Indo-pacific bottlenose dolphin.
Coral Reefs – Bali, Indonesia
Giant Kelp Restoration – Palos Verdes, CA
Restoring California’s Threatened Kelp Forests
Kenya, Mida Creek Watamu
Magrove Restoration – Indonesia
HO’OWAIWAI Watershed – Maui, Hawaii
What “does carbon neutral yacht charters” mean?
Los Angeles Yacht Charter works with SeaTrees who works directly with high-quality reforestation and forest protection projects around the world. Each of these projects sequester carbon, while also providing significant social and ecosystem benefits.
Meaning that you are not just offsetting your carbon footprint, you’re having a positive impact on the ocean with every charter booked. Making you #OceanPositive