Thanks for taking the time to read this information. More about seagrass below but, if you value having these moorings, please donate each time you use them. The moorings mark the eastern edge of the Dale Seagrass Meadow and provide an alternative to anchoring for visiting boats to help protect the seagrass meadow from damage. They are rated for vessels of 40 ft and 10 tons maximum.
How are the moorings funded?
For the moment, Swansea University pay for the purchase, installation and insurance for the moorings, but this is only guaranteed for the next few years. For the moorings to remain as a facility we need to build up some reserves so that they can be self-financing – this is why we encourage donations. The moorings are managed by the Dale Seagrass Stakeholder Group – any surplus after servicing the moorings will be used for local environmental or well-being projects.
How much should I donate?
We suggest a minimum of £10 for an overnight or full day’s stay. If you’re here for a shorter period, say for a lunch stop, then we’d welcome any contribution you wish to make.
How long can I stay?
The moorings are intended for short stays or an overnight stop. We encourage consideration towards others who might want to use the moorings and ask that you treat them as a temporary facility.
Why is the seagrass meadow here?
It’s part of a regeneration project to reintroduce seagrass in Dale Bay. The project is one of several run by Seagrass Ocean Rescue and is managed by a team from Swansea University. Here’s more detailed information.
What’s so great about seagrass?
Seagrass has an astonishing capacity for absorbing carbon, far greater than tropical rainforests – it’s an excellent tool in the fight against climate change. It also improves water quality by filtering pollutants and sediments.
Seagrass meadows provide a fantastic nursery for many forms of marine life, helping improve fish stocks and encouraging biodiversity.