The annual British Marine Trades Association and Boating Business Awards will take place in January 2018 and MDL Marinas is delighted to announce that it has been nominated for a prestigious award.
MDL Marinas has been shortlisted for the Boating Business Environment Award thanks to its work on the Solent Oyster Restoration Project, and will now be considered for the prize alongside the other worthy nominees at the event in London.
The Solent Oyster Restoration Project led by Blue Marine Foundation, and in collaboration with MDL Marinas as well as Land Rover BAR and the University of Portsmouth, is working to restore the native oyster to the Solent, the strait that separates the Isle of Wight from mainland England and which once supported the biggest oyster fishery in Europe.
The first cage was tested on the Land Rover BAR pontoon, a pontoon installed by MDL Marinas, in accordance with the partnership, providing the team with vital access to the Solent and to their training grounds.
The European flat oyster or native oyster is an impressive animal and provides many ecosystem services. They’re capable of filtering 200 litres of water a day, helping to keep our inshore waters clear and more productive while also supporting many species of marine flora and fauna through the habitat they provide and as a source of food. In the UK the population has halved over the last 25 years, while globally an estimated 85% of oyster beds and reef habitats have been lost.
This ambitious project has brought together a range of partners and stakeholders and aims to reintroduce five million oysters to the waterway over the next five years. So far, over twenty thousand oysters have been introduced to various sites including MDL Marinas along the Solent, with the work continuing at a rapid pace.
The Solent Oyster Restoration Project is just one of the many green initiatives that MDL Marinas are involved with, including the likes of renewable energy, oils and fuels, recycling and waste disposal.
MDL Marinas nomination – which was made by an external organisation – will see the company attend the glitzy award ceremony at the Pearson Room, Canary Wharf, Canada Square on Wednesday 10 January.
Adrien Burnand, Head of Marketing, MDL Marinas, said: “We are proud to be a part of the Solent Oyster Restoration Project and we are clearly delighted that our involvement in this hugely important project has been recognised. To be nominated by another company for such a prestigious award is a huge honour, but also testament to the outstanding work that our team and staff deliver on a daily basis. We wish all of the nominees’ good luck and trust that everyone has a great night in Canary Wharf in January.”