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In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we are taught.” Baba Dioum, 1968

When it comes to conservation, knowledge is power! One of our top priorities is to share our knowledge far and wide. Learning has no age limits and our message of conservation is the same whether you are 9 or 99. Active community involvement is our target for ensuring a positive and long lasting impact of our programme, and working closely with teachers and artists is the best tool we have found.

Students as FUTURE changemakers

What is it like to go to school on an island? Schools in Mallorca can see the direct impact of plastic pollution on their beaches and their coast. Today, we live on a plastic planet, with over 8 million tons of plastic being dumped into our oceans annually. One way to make a change is to empower the next generation to become smarter, cleaner and to leave no trace. This year, Alnitak is proud to have joined forces with Asociaciòn Ondine and their Dos Manos Program, teaching students to reduce our single-use plastics, become critical thinkers and active change-makers within their community.  We've created an exciting new school competition – the winning school will get to spend a week aboard our research vessel as part of our crew. 



Without life in the ocean, there would be no life on land.

Exhibitions in port or at anchor

Classic working boats are not a common sight in the Mediterranean. The Toftevaag is the perfect vessel to break the ice with fishermen, families and kids – helping us start a dialogue about conservation. Our ship turns into a floating and living exhibition, showcasing life on board and our scientific research. You won’t find much to read on board, but there will be people to talk to and seafaring equipment to learn about.  We showcase the oceanographic tools we use to track great open water species and monitor marine litter.


Our Pirates program is born

As we sail into Balearic ports, we’re often greeted by children shouting “barco pirate!” Inspired by these cries, we decided to set up a program to engage the next generation of scientists, artists and changemakers. Kids aged 6-12 can come on board and learn about marine biology, dolphin spotting and more. For the month of August, our research vessel turns into a floating adventure tour. 2017 was a swashbuckling success; we’re gearing up for an adventurous 2018…


TEACHERS and educators at SEA

Alnitak’s founders grew out of grassroots initiatives in the 1980s, like Greenpeace and Scandinavia’s Schools at Sea.  In 2002, we were able to run a project named “Todos por la Mar” EU LIFE, involving schools in Andalucia and Murcia. Educators and teachers play some of the most important roles in conservation, helping the next generation to make better and brighter decisions. Our educational program also extends to our volunteer project, where we expect each volunteer to become an ambassador for biodiversity. Aboard our expeditions, we welcome teachers and educators, who have a chance to experience conservation on the front line. If you’re a teacher who is interested in sharing this experience with your students, get in touch!



changemakers at sea

Empowering students to shape their future

We can all become changemakers and have an impact on the world.
Our actions as citizens can help protect biodiversity and quality of life.

This year, we will be running a “Changemakers” competition for the first time ever.  Plastic pollution is an issue that affects us all, as well as the wildlife around us. On an island like Mallorca, with a high degree of tourism, this issue is bound to affect people’s quality of lives directly. Our project aims to empower students to become part of a solution. As we draw attention to our plastic planet, we invite students to be part of a positive wave of change in the world of ocean conservation.

Students will work as a team to come up with active solutions to single-use plastic pollution.  The most successful projects, judged by a panel of scientists and educators, will have the incredible opportunity of joining the crew of the Toftevaag, our oceanographic research vessel, for a week of conservation work in the blue waters surrounding Mallorca. The students will get a chance to live a week in the life of a marine biologist, learning about oceanographic techniques and what life is like on-board an ancient fishing vessel. 


To participate in the competition, the students will need to form a team and come up with solutions to this challenge.

Ondine’s Dos Manos School Programme explores the issue of plastic in the marine environment and the effect this has on our marine life and ourselves. It’s offered to local schools with the aim of reaching and engaging as many students, teachers and parents as possible. It is a hands-on program, during which the students do a local excursion and conduct a Dos Manos beach clean-up.

competition gallery and info page

Our competition aims to have an educational impact far beyond the deck of the Toftevaag. During the expedition, the young crew will document their activities through film, photos and artwork. A logbook/blog will be used as the backbone for their outreach and communication. Social media platforms will help them broadcast their experiences to fellow students around the world. As part of the Toftevaag crew, they will become ambassadors for the ocean. 

Working with scientists on board, students will learn about ocean health, biodiversity, techniques in marine biology and most importantly, teamwork. They will discuss global marine issues, such as plastic pollution and its causes. They will no longer be spectators, but will be encouraged to become changemakers. The Toftevaag is a perfect platform and opportunity for this change to take place. This type of student “activism” is gaining traction throughout the world. More and more young people are standing up for their rights as citizens of the planet. 


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Documentaries and TV Appearances

  • BBC 21st Century Ark – (Chapter “Dolphins”)
  • BBC Blue Planet (Chapters “Open ocean” & “Making waves”)
  • New Atlantis Guardians of the Planet (Chapter “A ship for Neptune)
  • Bavaria TV / ARTE TV Expedition Mittelmeer (All chapters)
  • Todos por la Mar

One of our objectives for 2016 – 2020 is the making of a documentary film on the “blue Serengeti” and “Fishermen, guardians of the sea”.


  • 1998 “FITUR ACTIVE”
  • 2010 “European Green Entrepreneurship”
  • 2015 ASHOKA Fellowship Award