In September 2010, P1 launched a registered charity which has as its principal objective the promotion of the conservation, protection and improvement of the marine and coastal environment. The Foundation focuses on conservation by supporting research, raising awareness of serious threats to the oceans and creating selected partnerships.
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It’s easy to protect beach-nesting birds, give them at least 100 feet of space if you can, enjoy watching them from a distance, dispose of litter properly, and keep dogs on a leash.
Marianne Korosy PhD
Director of Bird Conservation at Audubon Florida
Powerboat racing teams are arriving in Sarasota for this weekend’s Grand Prix (June 26-27) and, along with its marine and coastal conservation charity P1 Marine Foundation, race promoter Powerboat P1 is joining forces with Audubon Florida to raise awareness of the need to protect beach-nesting birds throughout the summer.
Audubon Florida is dedicated to protecting birds and the habitat they need for survival, and for more than a century has encouraged people to take care of the places that make Florida special. It recruits volunteers to assist with the on-the-ground wildlife and habitat management.
Activity scheduled for this coming weekend includes the production of a special leaflet to be distributed in the Lido Beach area and also filming powerboat racers and local children meeting with the Audubon team on the beach to hear first-hand how to make the beaches safer for birds. The film footage will be shown as part of P1’s live streaming of the race action over the weekend.
“It’s easy to protect beach-nesting birds,” explains Marianne Korosy, PhD, Director of Bird Conservation at Audubon Florida. “Give them at least 100 feet of space if you can, enjoy watching them from a distance, dispose of litter properly, and keep dogs on a leash.” P1 CEO Azam Rangoonwala added: “We are keen to support Audubon’s valuable work by spreading the word about birds such as terns, plovers and skimmers struggling to survive often because of disturbance by recreational beachgoers. The estuary and coasts have special needs over the summer months that impact on bird nesting activities and the welfare of other wildlife.”
Over race weekends, Powerboat P1 implements its marine animal monitoring program. This involves observers being assigned specific locations on boats, on the land and in a helicopter to monitor the race area for marine animals. The observers report sightings such as dolphins, manatees and turtles, and they have the authority to stop the racing if necessary. The P1 race program will be a double bill of offshore powerboat racing and personal watercraft action.