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We're relying on you to be an ecotourist !

Etoile de mer
WE'RE RELYING ON YOU TO BE AN ECOTOURIST!  
  • It means respecting your holiday destination as your "home".
  • It means being responsible for your rubbish and not leaving it in the open air or in a public place.
  • It also means sorting waste on holiday.
  • It means notifying the relevant authorities in the event of pollution.
  • It means using natural resources (water, energy, etc.) sparingly.
  • Using the most environmentally-friendly means of transport (walking, cycling, public transport, etc.).
  • It means respecting life (flora and fauna) in the natural areas around us.
  • Suncream is one of the biggest pollutants of the Mediterranean Sea. There are suncreams that protect the seabed, so don't hesitate to use them!

WE WOULD LIKE TO REMIND YOU THAT DOGS ARE NOT ALLOWED ON THE BEACHES
except for the area reserved for dogs on Bonnegrâce beach in Six Fours and the dog area to the south of the St Elme water sports centre in La Seyne.
The Tourist Office and the town services issue free "Puppy Clean" bags on request.
Vélelles

Velella 

Blue floating colonies, around 3-4 cm in size. Velella feed on small plankton-like organisms. These extremely common animals living in colonies float with the current, so they arrive on the coast in large numbers in spring and summer.
They are not dangerous for humans.
Laisses de mer

Natural marine debris:

The sea leaves large amounts of debris on the shore. This includes: seagrass, seaweed, shells, sea urchins, sponges, wood, and much more. This debris is not waste and plays an important role in maintaining the ecological balance of beaches. It prevents the sand from washing away and suffocating the underwater ecosystems.
Poissons dans un herbier de posidonies

Seagrass meadows – posidonia and cymodocea:

Attention – delicate!
Posidonia and cymodocea are not seaweed; they are flowering plants. They form vast meadows under the sea that are a vital part of the marine ecosystem of the Mediterranean. They protect against coastal
erosion.
A source of oxygen, posidonia and cymodocea meadows are spawning beds and nurseries for numerous species of animals and fish.
 

Oursins

Endangered sea urchins

Sea urchin fishing regulations: 
In the Var, sea urchin harvesting is authorised from 15 December to 28 February.

For recreational fishing, the maximum quantities authorised are :

  • Underwater fishing or fishing on foot: 2 dozen sea urchins per angler per day.
  • Fishing from a pleasure craft: 2 dozen sea urchins per angler per day, with a maximum of 5 dozen sea urchins per craft per day for more than two people on board.

LITTLE ECOTOURISTS        

The sea is magical... inseparable from the wind, the waves and freedom. It's also one of the most endangered
ecosystems.
 
« If I go on holiday by the sea, I get my family to do some sport: cycling and walking. I make sure my parents leave their car behind.
« I make sure I don't go too close to the sea with very light objects that could fly away and pollute the beach.
 « I don't climb the fences built near beaches and on islands: They protect vegetation from damage by walkers.
 « Before leaving, I remind my parents not to leave any rubbish behind, including their cigarette ends.
 The Tourist Office and the municipal services provide free ashtrays.
« If I go fishing, I find out about fishing seasons and the permits I need to eat my fish. Fishing for sea urchins is strictly regulated.
« At sea, I avoid noisy and polluting motorised activities. On a boat, I make sure that my family don't throw anything in the sea. I remind dad to stick to the speed limit and not to drop anchor among seagrass meadows.
 
BECAUSE YOU'RE NEVER TOO YOUNG TO PROTECT THE PLANET!