The Balearics Government has released a Smart Phone app to help captains determine if they are anchoring over protected seagrass prairies (Posidonia).

Anchoring in Posidonia weed areas, classified by the EU has a 'priority habitat', was brought to the attention of authorities last summer when a government white paper recommended that large yachts anchor only in areas of a minimum depth of 35m.

The crew industry was reminded of global problems surrounding anchorage in protected areas when the ex-captain of motoryacht White Cloud found himself at the centre of legal proceedings for damaging coral reefs in the Turks and Caicos Islands (read more here).

For the full story on the Balearics Government's app and this exciting first step to a better awareness of anchoring in Posidonia weed areas, visit SuperyachtNews.