"Through the course of the 30 some odd years I've been running large yachts. I've seen a difference in the oceans. I've seen what, what we are doing to the oceans through plastics and emissions and all sorts of different pollutants into the ocean and into the air."
Miami - 11 February 2020
4. Woman walking past yachts at the Miami Yacht Show
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Andrew Doole, President of Informa Boat shows US:
"We're trying to be very conscious of the environment and also like we've talked about before. We've got everything we're using on our cocktail barges is recyclable. So, there's not plastic cups or plastic straws. None of that. So, we're trying to lead the way a little bit there because events are going to have to do that."
North Miami, Florida -11 February 2020
6. Various of Mark Bond, Marine scientist at Florida International University:
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Bond, Florida International University:
"So you've got multiple angles of the yachting industry that are all trying their best to make a difference. And it's been phenomenal progress in the last decade. And interviews and coverage of such stories can really get the message out and show people that small changes can make a huge difference."
More than 400 of the world's most extraordinary yachts are being showcased at the 32nd annual Miami Yacht Show.
Yacht builders are continually increasing the efficiency of the massive marine machines.
Some are now powered by solar energy panels or battery packs.
Glen Allen, Captain at Fleet Miami, has worked in the yachting industry for 30 years.
He says he has seen a difference in the oceans, seeing first hand what plastics, emissions and other man-made pollutants are doing to the oceans.
"Having made my living, my entire life at sea, I feel that now is the time to do everything I can to help," Allen says.
The Miami Yacht Show has taken many eco-friendly steps this year, eliminating generators, plastic cups and straws.
"We're trying to be very conscious of the environment," says Andrew Doole, Vice President and General Manager of Informa U.S. Boat Shows.
The yachting industry itself is a huge economic engine, with wealthy owners often choosing to invest in more expensive products that can reduce their carbon footprint.
Mark Bond is a postdoctoral scientist at Florida International University, and leads FIU's initiative to combat plastic pollution in the world's oceans.
"It's now through these crews and awareness of working with both captains, owners and the crews themselves. They're seeing the damage that marine environment is being put under through plastics," says Bond.
"There has been phenomenal progress in the last decade," he added.
Captain Allen says education is key in how we can help the oceans. "I think each person that learns something like that and we can do that at the show and through the shows, I think that's a very important thing."
The Miami Yacht Show can be experienced at its new home just north of downtown Miami 13-17 February 2020.