Below is a list of the most important rules you need to abide by and a series of tips for safer navigation, healthy and respectful with the environment.

RULES

  • Don’t enter the area for bathers in your boat. These areas are marked with yellow buoys. Remember that the law forbids sailing in these bathing areas (1, 2).

  • Moderate your speed when near the coast. For the sake of your own safety and that of other sailors. Remember that it is not permitted to sail at a speed of more than 3 knots at a distance of less than or equal to 200 metres from a beach or cove unmarked with buoys, or 50 metres from the coast (1, 2).

  • Sail at a safe distance from divers. You need to sail more than 100 metres away from boats with divers, which are indicated with the flag "A" (alpha) of the International Signals Code (2).

  • Don’t drop anchor over the beds of Posidonia. Do this over sand or rock. Posidonia or Neptune Grass, which covers part of the seabed in the coves, is a marine plant with high ecological value, and therefore regulations prohibit its destruction (3).

  • Remember that, if you want to fish, you must first obtain a Recreational Sea-fishing licence issued by the Generalitat de Catalunya (you can do this via the website www.cat365.net), by other autonomous communities, by the Spanish State or by other Member States of the European Union (5).

  • Do not dispose of rubbish at sea. For the sake of your health and that of the environment! Dumping waste at sea is strictly prohibited, this includes dirty water, left-over food and water from the bilges (1, 2).

  • If you sail with jet skis, it must be done far from the coast and you must not enter the coves of the Natural Park. It is forbidden to use jet skis in an area 200 metres from the beach or 50 metres from the rest of the coast. In addition, during the months of June, July, August and September, the launching and beaching of this type of vessel in beaches and coves is forbidden (2).

    1. Royal Decree 1471/1989, of 1st December, which approves the General Regulations for the Development and Execution of Law 22/1988, of July 28th, on Coasts.

    2. Resolution of the Maritime Authority of Palamós-Girona, of 22nd March 2005, by which the Navigation Instructions are approved for the maritime waters of the province of Girona.

    3. Order of 31st July 1991 for the regulation of seagrass beds.

    4. Decree 109/1995, of 24th March, regulating recreational sea fishing.

GUIDELINES

  • • When anchoring, make sure the anchor does not plough into the seabed and do not repeatedly change your anchorage site. Anchor with care and as little as possible, as this will prevent damage to the seabed.

  • Try to sail with a boat without engine (kayak, boats, etc.).You will be doing sport, which will be good for your health and for the environment!

  • If you sail with a motor, try to do it with traditional, small boats (bots, mallorquines, llaguts, etc.). Use traditional boats and enjoy the sea without haste or stress!

  • Sail in a manner that respects the environment. Moderate your speed, don’t accelerate suddenly, keep the motor in good condition and stop it when you arrive at the location as soon as possible. The environment will benefit and so will your pocket!

  • Avoid the use of "antifouling paints" for painting the hull of your boat, because these often contain heavy metals, which are very harmful for human health and for the marine environment. If you plan to use this type of paint, buy an "ecological" one (these do not contain heavy metals), and avoid damaging your health and that of the sea!

  • • Avoid mooring on the rocks along the coast or on the beach. Swimmers will appreciate it!

 

Thank you very much for your cooperation.
The preservation of the marine environment is everyone's concern!

And enjoy the sea!