All eyes will be on the Southampton Boat Show in September as the event celebrates its 50th year

Environmental challenges facing the marine world will be the focus of this year’s Southampton Boat Show in September, as it celebrates its 50th year.

Organisers, British Marine will be hosting scientific and wildlife experts as well as on and off the water attractions from the Southampton-based National Oceanography Centre, and technical innovations to tackle pollution.

British Marine is also pledging to cut the amount of onsite plastics at the 10-day show.

Boats moored at pontoons at the Southampton Boat Show, Mayflower Park

The Southampton Boat Show will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2018

‘Whether tempted to dip your toe in for the first time, an aspiring sailor or seasoned boater, the Show offers a fantastic social experience and the perfect opportunity to indulge a passion for the water,’ said a spokesman for the organisers.

There will also be an array of watersports and boating activities – from an indulgent cruise onboard a top-of-the-range luxury motor yacht to an exhilarating sail aboard a 72ft round the world Ocean Race Yacht as part of a 12 strong team.

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The focus on the show comes following British Marine’s announcement last week it was cancelling the 2019 London Boat Show.

It said a large number of  large number of key exhibitors were not prepared to commit to exhibiting to a five day Show at ExCeL London in January 2019, and that visitor satisfaction with the show was ‘below acceptable industry standards’.

Tickets for the Southampton Boat Show go on sale soon, with two children under the age of 15 going free with each adult.

It will run from 14-23 September