Turn ghost nets into football nets

Ghost gear and ghost nets — abandoned and lost fishing gear — kill and injure marine animals, choke coral reefs, pollute beaches and damage boats. But the Sandals Foundation, which works with Dutch football club Ajax, has a new program to turn ghost nets into football nets, tied to its newly opened No. 16 resort called Sandals Royal Curaçao.

Ghost equipment is a growing problem

According to the Plastic Soup Foundation, the problem of ghost equipment in the world is getting worse. In addition to more commercial fishing, the composition of fishing gear has changed since the 1960s. What used to be made largely of natural rope is now made mostly of nylon, a plastic that does not biodegrade. Fishing gear pollution injures and kills hundreds of millions of marine animals every year. Ghost gear makes up a large part of the “plastic soup” that floats around the world’s oceans and causes problems.

Several organizations, such as the Olive Ridley Project and the vets at its turtle rescue center on the Maldives resort island of Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu, are working to rehabilitate turtles after they were infected with ghost gear. Cleaning ghost gear around the world will make a big difference.

Sandals Foundation’s Future Goals Program

The Sandals Foundation is the charitable arm of Sandals Resorts and Beach Resorts, which includes 16 luxury, all-inclusive Caribbean resorts for adults as well as three resorts for families. The Foundation has educational, community and environmental initiatives to support the development and conservation of the islands on which its resorts are located.

Future Goals is the Sandals Foundation’s new program to turn ghost gear into soccer — called soccer in the Caribbean — a net for local kids and youth. The program started on the island of Curaçao, and is preparing to expand to other islands and takes into account the special situation of those countries.

The Foundation works with AFC Ajax, a Dutch professional football club (Curacao is a constituent country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands) and with Limpi, a plastic recycling company in Curaçao. Limpi takes discarded equipment and plastic waste and recycles it to create soccer nets – even net clips for goal nets are made from recycled plastic bottles.

New sandal Royal Curaçao

The new program is a focus on World Oceans Day 2022 for Sandals Resorts due to the new brand Sandals Royal Curaçao, which officially opened on June 1, 2022. It is the 16th Caribbean resort in Sandals.

The 351-room resort in Curaçao faces west for gorgeous sunsets along its 1,500 feet of white sandy beach. On top of the usual Sand activities and facilities, the resort has Sand’s first two-level infinity pool plus you can borrow a Dutch bike to explore parts of the 3,000-acre property.

Choose your room based on the type of view you prefer, the space, features like a bathtub, and services like a butler. The sea view bungalows at Awa have a private pool overlooking the sea and the Kurason Island suites surround a heart-shaped lagoon pool, as well as pool suites, beachfront suites, and more.

Entertainment includes, a variety of land and water sports (even scuba diving), and in addition to some room categories, a convertible Mini Cooper to explore the island. Also included are in-room and common area Wi-Fi, airport transfers, tips and gratuities, as well as Sandals’ five-star Global Gourmet program.

Known for their excellent attention to food and drinks (and anyone with special dietary requirements), the new Sandals Royal Curaçao has 13 bars, three beachside food trucks, plus eight restaurants. Many of them are – so far – only available at Sandals Curaçao. Don’t miss out on the sweet Dutch Strobowaville and Corrasaun cuisine from the Tutiki food cart.

Plus, with the new Island Inclusive dining off-site program, some reservations receive a $250 voucher to use at one of eight local restaurants so they can learn more about Curaçao and support local dining. The barges include round-trip transportation to this restaurant as well.

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