What is a Marine Environment patroller?
Marine Environment Patrollers are people who have pledged to help preserve and keep our waters clean. So whether you’re a yachtsman, diver, surfer, or just enjoy a walk on the beach, we need your help to report oil spills and limit the amount of garbage in the sea.
Marine Eenvironment Patrollers are often yachtsmen, anglers, surfers, divers and rowers, who are active around or on the sea. A number of Danish amateur airmen also keep an eye on the sea from the air. We are pleased that many people free-time sailors from abroad, particularly from Germany and Sweden, have volunteered.
Defence Command Denmark monitors ships from the time they sail into Danish waters, until they leave them again. This surveillance is carried out by planes, ships, coastal radar and AIS (Automatic Identification Systems). They are supported by the Naval Home Guard and commercial sailors, who have a duty to report their observations.
Although shipping traffic is well monitored, the sea is vast, and more than 100,000 merchant vessels sail through Danish waters every year. That is why the contribution of the Marine Environment Patrollers is important both in combating and preventing pollution.
Commercial sailors from Denmark and abroad are given a leaflet that informs them of their duty to report when they enter Danish waters. It emphasises that both authorities and Marine Environment Patrollers are monitoring Danish waters. That is why it is important for Marine Environment Patrollers to fly the easily recognisable pennant that is also shown in the materials for commercial sailors.
In this way, Marine Environment Patrollers have an important preventive effect, but equally important is their vigilance if an accident does happen. Reports from Marine Environment Patrollers help assessing what resources should be deployed to avoid harm to the environment and animal life. At the same time, it's quite natural for the Marine Environment Patrollers to set a good example for other sailors when it comes to other forms of pollution in the marine environment, such as disposal of garbage and plastic materials.