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6 july 2015 FOGHORN FOGHORNFOCUS environmental issues T he newest member to join the PVA Green WATERS Program Un-CruiseAdventures Seattle WA has a formal partnership with the Californias Monterey BayAquarium Seafood Watch program committing to serve only seafood caught or farmed in ocean-friendly ways. This is the first cruise line to partner with the nationally respected consumer education initiative. Were committed to serving sustainable seafood across our fleet of yachts and small ships said Dan Blanchard CEO of Un-Cruise Adventures. Its the right thing to do and we believe our guests will agree. Seafood Watch empowers consumers and businesses to make choices for healthy oceans. Using science-based peer reviewed methods Seafood Watch assesses how wild-caught and farmed seafood affect the environment and provides recommenda- tions indicating which items are Best Choices Good Alternatives and which ones to Avoid. As a Seafood Watch business partner Un-Cruise Adventures pledges to serve only seafood rated a Best Choice or Good Alternative and to educate its customers suppliers and employees about sustainability issues. Seafood Watch is proud to welcome Un-Cruise Adventures as its newest partner says Seafood Watch Director Jennifer Dianto- Kemmerly. Working together is critical to help create healthy and abundant oceans that will continue to supply us with food help regulate our climate and provide a livelihood for millions of people. By partnering with Seafood Watch Un-Cruise Adventures reflects its awareness about growing public concern with how seafood choices affect the worlds fish populations and the impact of seafood production on ocean health. Un-Cruise Adventures joined the PVA Green WATERS Program this spring. Like dozens of other PVA vessel operators around the U.S. who are members of WATERS We Are Taking Environmental Responsibility Stewardship Un-Cruises has taken it upon itself to reduce their environmental impact in a variety of ways including reducing fuel consumption conserving potable water using less harmful chemicals near waterways conserv- ing energy and working with its employees to create a greener workplace. We are committed to operating responsibly as we explore in some of the most scenic and awe inspiring places on Earth said Blanchard. The PVA Green WATERS Program was designed ex- clusively for the passenger vessel industry as a voluntary program aimed at reducing waste and operating in a cleaner greener more sus- tainable environment. PVA Executive Director John Groundwater said I commend Un-Cruise Adventures for their dedication to the marine environment because Americas waterways depend on orga- nizations like this one who strive to make a dif- ference for cleaner water for everyone to enjoy. Un-Cruise Adventures follows Leave No Trace practices on all voyages and explores remote areas in small groups to minimize impact on the environ- ment. In the lines Seattle and Juneau offices and aboard ships eco-friendly products are purchased waste is reduced through purchasing decisions communities are supported through local purchases hiring and donations and recycling occurs wherever there are facilities. Vessels are maintained with an eye on fuel reduction including choosing more efficient engines. The new partnership with Monterey Bay Aquariums Seafood Watch program reinforces the lines commitment to only serve sustain- able seafood. Un-Cruise Adventures fleet of boutique yachts and small ships carry 22 to 88 guests on adventure and river cruises in Alaska Pacific Northwest Columbia Snake Rivers Hawaii Mexicos Sea of Corts Galpagos Islands Costa Rica and Panama. n Un-Cruise Adventures Becomes First Cruise Line to Partner with Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch and Commits to Serving Only Ocean-Friendly Seafood The 84-guest Safari Endeavour. Photo credit Jocelyn Pride