Ghost nets become soccer nets

Ghost gear and ghost nets – abandoned and lost fishing gear – kill and injure marine life, choke coral reefs, pollute shorelines and damage boats. But the Sandals Foundation, which works with Dutch soccer club AFC Ajax, has a new program to convert ghost nets into soccer nets linked to their just-opened 16th resort called Sandals Royal Curaçao.

Ghost gear is a growing problem

According to the Plastic Soup Foundation, the global problem with ghost gear is getting worse. In addition to increased commercial fishing, the composition of fishing gear has changed since the 1960s. What used to be mostly natural rope is now mostly nylon, a plastic that doesn’t degrade. Fishing gear pollution injures and kills hundreds of millions of marine animals every year. Ghost gear makes up a large part of the “soup of plastic” that floats on the world’s oceans and causes problems.

Many organizations, like the Olive Ridley Project and the veterinarians at its turtle rescue center on the Maldives resort island of Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu, are working to rehabilitate turtles after they’ve been injured by spirit equipment. Cleaning spirit gear around the world would make a huge difference.

Sandals Foundation Future Goals program

The Sandals Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts, which has 16 luxury all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean for adults and three for families. The foundation has educational, community and environmental initiatives to support development and conservation on the islands where its resorts are located.

Future Goals is the Sandals Foundation’s new program that turns ghost gear into soccer nets — called football in the Caribbean — for local children and youth. The program, which started on the island of Curaçao, is preparing to expand to other islands, taking into account the particular situation of these nations.

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

New sandals Royal Curaçao

The new program is the focus of World Oceans Day 2022 for Sandals Resorts as the brand new Sandals Royal Curaçao officially opened on June 1, 2022. This is Sandals’ 16th Caribbean resort.

The 351 key Curaçao resort faces west and offers spectacular sunsets along its 1,500 feet of white sand beach. In addition to Sandals’ regular activities and amenities, the resort features Sandals’ first two-story infinity pool and you can rent a Dutch bike to explore parts of the 3,000-acre property.

Choose your room based on the type of view you prefer, space, amenities like a deep soaking tub, and services like a butler. Seafront Awa Bungalows feature a private pool overlooking the sea and Kurason Island suites surround a heart-shaped lagoon pool. There are also swim-up suites, beachfront suites and more.

Included is entertainment, a wide range of land and water sports (even scuba diving) and for some room types a convertible MINI Cooper to explore the island. In-room and public area WiFi, airport transfers, gratuities and tips are included, as is Sandals’ 5-Star Global Gourmet program.

Sandals is known for its outstanding attention to food and beverages (and to those with special dietary needs), and the new Sandals Royal Curaçao has 13 bars, three beachfront food trucks, and eight restaurants. Some are – so far – only available at Sandals Resort Curaçao. Don’t miss the sweet Dutch stroopwafels and poffertjes and Curaçaon cuisine from the Toteki Food Truck.

Additionally, select bookings through the new Island Inclusive dining program off-site at Sandals will receive a $250 voucher to redeem at one of eight local restaurants to learn more about the island of Curacao and support local restaurants be able. And Sandals also includes round-trip transportation to this restaurant.

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