New Anchorage Regulations for Nice, Villefranche and Mandelieu-La Napoule

Following recent updates by the European Committee for Professional Yachting (ECPY) on the decree for ecological conservation regulating yacht anchorage and stopping in French waters, there has been an update specific to anchorage zones along the French Riviera, including the Baie des Anges in Nice, Rade de Villefranche and Pointe de l'Aiguille to Port de Mandelieu-La Napoule.

Why is anchorage being limited?

According to the Monaco Tribune, ‘Every year, some 1,700 yachts from 24 to 45 meters anchor off the Mediterranean coast, with each anchorage having the potential to cause destruction of around 1,000 m2 of Posidonia.’

The core of the "Posidonia" decree is constituted by its article n°6: "Ship anchoring shall not compromise conservation or lead to the destruction, alteration or degradation of habitats of endangered marine plant species. It is therefore forbidden to anchor in an area corresponding to a habitat of protected marine plant species when this action is likely to affect it." - OnboardOnline.

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ECPY recommends all its members, managers, yacht agents and captains of these yachts, experienced professionals who are already environmentally friendly:

  • To ensure that they are rigorously anchored exclusively in the sandy areas found in these meadows

  • To search for these spaces in the official documentation wherever possible (websites: and 

  • Hauling anchors across the seabed causes damage to the environment so raise anchor by maneuvering the vessel to bring the anchor cable vertical (up and down) prior to lifting.

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