MDL Marinas is delighted to announce its support of the Blue Marine Foundation (BLUE) in its campaign to restore the historic Solent oyster fishery. BLUE represents a great initiative that is aimed at restoring the once thriving fishery, bringing employment opportunities and a sustainable local food source that will give a valuable contribution to the local economy.
MDL Marinas is one of the partners, alongside Business South who are supporting the initiative, with BLUE working to gain commitment and funding from even more stakeholders over the coming months.
The Solent oyster fishery was once the largest self-sustaining native oyster stock in Europe – employing 700 people with up to 450 boats working in the fishery. Today, the fishery is closed with insufficient oysters to sustain a commercial fishery, and just a handful of boats. Not only has the loss been seen in unemployment and the local food source, but native oysters also provide critical ecosystem services by filtering and purifying water, contributing to coastal defenses and providing important ecological habitats.
BLUE has already clearly demonstrated its capabilities to gain results at Lyme Bay in Dorset where it achieved a positive outcome in its project to establish a scientifically-informed, sustainable and equitable fishery, bringing together previously opposed parties and creating a management plan which had implemented a number of important initiatives. Lyme Bay’s fishermen are actively involved in the process to secure a sustainable fishery for themselves and future generations – a process that creates jobs and improves the local economy.
Dean Smith, Operations and Marketing Director at MDL Marinas, commented “We fully support the work of BLUE and believe re-establishing the Solent oyster fishery will be a very successful venture – both from an economic and environmental perspective. It’s great to see the work that has been undertaken in Lyme Bay and we are looking forward to working with BLUE on another successful project in the Solent.”
BLUE Co-founder, Chris Gorell Barnes, commented: The Blue Marine Foundation is delighted with the support we have received from MDL Marinas. Their sponsorship not only opens the doors and minds of other leading stakeholders to the project, but has also enabled us to become a Champion of the South Region. With our positioning, we hope to unite companies, organisations and individuals to harness the funding and collaborative expertise needed to support our work in restoring the once thriving Native Oyster fishery. Successful and well managed restoration of the native oyster will deliver significant ecosystem service benefits to the Solent marine environment as well as economic gains to the region.
To find out more about BLUE go to www.bluemarinefoundation.com.
We have received some great My MDL Selfies over the last month – but there’s still time to take part. Whether you’re out enjoying the sun or visiting us on our boat show stand (E52), we’d love to see how you are making the most of the Great British summer. In aid of Ocean Youth Trust South, we have pledged to donate £1* for every selfie received via social media.
To join in, entrants simply need to share their selfies via the MDL Marinas Facebook page or Twitter (@mdlmarinas) account and include the hashtag #MyMDLSelfie. The best entries will be displayed in an MDL Marinas Facebook gallery, with many also included in a video reel that will be on show at the PSP Southampton Boat Show.
Entrants will not only be able to contribute to a worthy charitable cause – Ocean Youth Trust South - they will also be in with a chance of winning a dining experience with £50 dining vouchers up for grabs at a number of the fantastic restaurants across the MDL marina portfolio. Tickets to the PSP Southampton Boat Show will also be on offer, where winners will be able to see their selfie snap on display on the MDL Marinas stand, located at E52. MDL Marinas will select the best selfie entries based on their marina-themed settings and sense of summer fun.
Dean Smith, Operations and Marketing Director at MDL Marinas, said: “My MDL Selfie is all about celebrating the summer and showing the beautiful destinations marine enthusiasts are visiting, while helping to raise money for a very well deserved charity, Ocean Youth Trust South.
“We’ve had some great entries so far but we want to see even more selfies – there’s still time to take part so get involved!”
MDL Marinas has a long standing partnership with Ocean Youth Trust South, including the annual sponsorship of the MDL Sail Training Awards. MDL Marinas has pledged to donate £1 for every selfie received as part of this campaign, but those involved can also donate additional monies to the charity just by texting MDLS99 followed by the donation amount to 70070. Ocean Youth Trust South is a charity that uses Adventure Under Sail as a personal development opportunity for disadvantaged young people aged 12-25, taking them to sea in their 72-foot-yacht John Laing.
Terms and conditions for the MyMDLSelfie campaign can be found here.
*Donation to Ocean Youth Trust South up to £1,000
If you’re paying a visit to this month’s PSP Southampton Boat Show (12 - 21 September), come and see us at our Waterside Pavilion (stand E52) overlooking the Boat Show marina. The show is the perfect opportunity to find out more about our marinas and boatyards, as well as the benefits of Freedom Berthing, and how you can enjoy complimentary stays at over 90 marinas across the UK and Europe. Details will also be available on our winter offers - keep an eye on our website for details coming soon!
Exclusive Benefits for Freedom Berthing Members
Freedom Berthing members will be able to enjoy the very best views of the show whilst sipping a refreshing drink, as well as soaking up the atmosphere either out on the terrace or within the stand. Don’t forget that Freedom Berthing members receive complimentary hospitality, so remember to bring your membership card.
Freedom Berthing members will also be able to enjoy free car parking at Ocean Village Marina, which is conveniently located just a short walk away from the show - for details visit www.oceancarpark.com and the postcode for your sat nav is SO14 3TJ. Simply bring your car parking ticket and membership card to the stand and we'll give you an exit card.
Exciting Events at PSP Southampton Boat Show
We'll be hosting a series of special events on our stand throughout the show.
On Tuesday 16th September at 15:30 we will be welcoming a group of young visitors, as the winners of the MDL Sail Training Awards are presented with a trophy by Lord Iliffe, Chairman of the Yattendon Group, parent company of MDL. We will also be presenting Ocean Youth Trust South with a cheque following the #MyMDLSelfie campaign.
On Wednesday 17th September at 14:30 we will be announcing the winners of the annual MDL in Bloom competition, which rewards the ‘green-fingered’ teams across all our 19 UK sites. Always a hotly-contested competition, the winning marinas in each category will be presented with gift vouchers for the marina teams, as well as a coveted trophy to display at the marina. Later the same afternoon, the wait will be over as we reveal the winners of the 2014 MDL Photographer of the Year competition at 15:00.
On Friday 19th September our international team will be joining us for an 'Italian Day', where they will share details about the exciting new additions to our Mediterranean network - Marinara and Marina di Stabia.
Don’t miss our Tenants at PSP Southampton Boat Show
Over 40 tenants from our 19 UK sites will be exhibiting at the PSP Southampton Boat Show, showcasing a number of new products and services at the 10-day event. Below are just some of the great brands to check out at this year's show.
Hamble Point Marina Broker's Village
To coincide with this year’s PSP Southampton Boat Show, Hamble Point Marina will be hosting an online ‘Brokers Village’ on its website for the first time. Hamble Point Marina is home to the largest broker network on the south coast with thousands of boats for sale from some of the world’s leading brands. If you’re looking for a new or used boat, you can be sure to find the ideal solution – all from the comfort of your own home. Visit www.mdlmarinas.co.uk/brokers-village for full listings.
There’s still time to enter our annual Photography Competition to find MDL’s 2014 Photographer of the Year, as well as MDL’s 2014 Junior Photographer of the Year for the Under-16s – but you’ll need to be quick, entries close at midnight on Sunday 10th August.
Open to both amateur and professional photographers, the lucky winner crowned Photographer of the Year will receive a boat portfolio taken by professional marine photographer, Brendan Fitzgerald of Fitz Marine Photography, presented in a handcrafted leather bound album worth £700! The runner-up will get to enjoy a magnum of champagne.
In the Under-16 competition, the lucky winner will be presented with the brand new Nikon COOLPIX AW120 digital camera – which is waterproof, shockproof and freezeproof – whilst the runner-up will be awarded £50 worth of Amazon vouchers.
Entries can be submitted via an online form or by post.
Remember, the competition closes at midnight on Sunday 10th August, with the winning shots set to be unveiled at September’s PSP Southampton Boat Show.
Boat owners across the UK will be able to enjoy some fantastic offers, thanks to a range of great discounts on boat care and berthing packages from MDL Marinas, giving owners the opportunity to ensure their boats are in top condition for the summer ahead and sample the MDL experience.
During July and August, boat owners can enjoy MDL’s ‘Summer Afloat’ offer of two months berthing for just £499 (inclusive of VAT) for boats up to eight metres, at any one of ten MDL marinas.* Participating marinas include Mercury Yacht Harbour on the idyllic River Hamble and Ocean Village Marina in the heart of Southampton.
What’s more, the ‘Summer Afloat’ gives boat owners the opportunity to benefit from a secure pontoon berth with fresh water and electricity during the prime summer months from a choice of MDL’s beautiful locations at a fantastic price. This package also includes free car parking and free trailer storage at the majority of sites. A full list of participating marinas is available at www.mdlmarinas.co.uk/summer-afloat.
In addition to the summer berthing offer, MDL’s boatyards along the south coast, in the West Country and on the River Thames are offering great discounts on hull scrubs and storage throughout July and August. Boat owners can enjoy special offers on lifting and pressure washing at many of MDL’s leading sites, as well as storage ashore for a specified period. Prices start from just £15 per metre for a lift, hold, pressure wash and re-launch at Queen Anne’s Battery. Furthermore, with each boatyard offer booked, boat owners will take away a voucher of 20% off a winter lift & storage at participating MDL boatyards between 1st October and 22nd December 2014.
Dean Smith, Operations and Marketing Director at MDL Marinas, commented: “We’re delighted to be offering these substantial savings on boat care and berthing. We are constantly striving to add value for our customers and to help them make the most of their time on the water. Our summer berthing offer gives boaters the opportunity to cruise some of the best coastline in the UK, spending more time boating and less time towing and launching.”
For further details on the full range of offers available at MDL marinas this summer please visit www.mdlmarinas.co.uk/summer-offers.
* Available for boats up to 7.5 metres at Queen Anne’s Battery.
Six deserving youngsters who won a place on this year’s MDL Sail Training Awards are now back on dry land, after setting sail from MDL’s Ocean Village Marina on 16th April for six days at sea.
The MDL-sponsored awards, which have been running for over 20 years, offer admirable young people - carefully selected due to their exceptional accomplishments, or for overcoming adverse personal circumstances – the opportunity of a lifetime aboard a training yacht operated by Ocean Youth Trust South.
Joining a team on board the ketch 'John Laing' were Callum Archibald, 14, from Basingstoke, 13-year-old John Bratherton, from Fordingbridge, Erin Sutton, 14, and Jodie Beckham, 13, both from Totton, Oscar Perkins, 13, from Brixham and 15-year-old Robert Jelley from Romsey.
The 230 nautical mile trip saw this year's MDL award winners first heading for an anchorage in Studland, from where they motored into Poole on the Friday evening. Next morning they had a fabulous sail round the south of the Isle of Wight on a glorious day, ending up in Haslar. They sailed to Cowes for lunch, came out, anchored an Osborne Bay and planned a final pilotage exercise up to Southampton. RYA Start Yachting certificates were awarded to all participants.
Eamonn Feeney, Managing Director at MDL Marinas, commented: “We’re delighted to welcome back our Sail Training Awards winners following their exciting journey. This really is a once-in-a-lifetime trip for the young people selected, rewarding them for their achievements or inspiration and support to others.
“Over the years the MDL sponsored Sail Training Awards have provided over 140 young people the opportunity to experience a trip on board the 'John Laing', something which has been life-changing for some of our past winners. We are proud to continue to support Ocean Youth Trust South and the important work that it carries out”.
One of the scheme’s recent success stories is 17-year-old Toby Hunt from Bognor Regis who was one of the lucky winners selected to take part in last year’s trip, and has since been busy working as a volunteer, assisting Ocean Youth Trust South with its winter refit of ‘John Laing’. In addition, Toby has been working hard as a volunteer trainee Bosun for the 2014 trip and is looking to become a volunteer member of the sea staff for the future.
The six young winners from this year will now be invited to attend the PSP Southampton Boat Show, where they will be officially presented with their trophies at the MDL stand by the owner of MDL Marinas, Lord Iliffe.
Nominations for next year’s awards will be announced in December 2014.
For more information please visit www.sailtrainingawards.co.uk.