Protecting the marine environment

Responsible anchoring

When we talk about anchoring in this guidebook, we mean anchoring responsibly, never in meadows of Posidonia oceanicaor other species that also need protecting. Always remember that a change in weather conditions can cause boats to swing at anchor, so keep a prudent safety distance to allow for this circumstance. 


You should also bear this in mind if you anchor near the edge of a bathing area, because a change in wind or current conditions could mean the boat swinging into the area, usually marked with buoys. And, lastly, when you weigh anchor, you should never drag it along the seabed. You should situate the boat perpendicular to the anchor and, then, weigh anchor without harming anything.

Consideration for other boats and bathers

When you go cruising you aren’t the only one at sea. Just as it’s important to protect the marine environment, it’s also important to respect others, starting by helping others whenever asked to do so. You never know what’s going to happen at sea and help can be needed at the most unexpected times. If your boat is medium or large, respect smaller boats and pay careful attention to floating objects and bathers. Avoid unnecessary noise, as it’s bound to bother other people and cause them to turn against the boating sector.

You should always observe the speed limit, particularly when approaching the entrance to coves and when motoring inside ports. Please note that in these cases the maximum speed is 3 knots. And, as always, be prudent and make sure you check the day’s weather forecast before you go out in your boat..

Keep up the good work

On board, use water carefully and try to save energy whenever you can, by making the most of natural light and unplugging electrical and electronic devices when not in use. And, of course, don’t throw any kind of waste into the sea. When you get back on land, put it in the designated waste disposal bins provided at the marinas.


The Costa Brava is a privileged environment and by conserving it now we’ll ensure that we and future generations can enjoy it. Being aware of its fragility is key to helping to preserve it. 

Our marinas are working to meet the goals of the 2030 Agenda