An environmental group has hailed the six America’s Cup teams for their efforts protecting Bermuda’s marine habitat.

The Bermuda Environmental Sustainability Taskforce said it had been greatly encouraged by participants’ appreciation of the island’s beauty.

The praise from chairman Stuart Hayward came as the America’s Cup Event Authority and the six America’s cup teams signed on to an environmental responsibility plan called the AC35 Sustainability Charter.

The charter is designed to protect Bermuda’s marine environment during America’s Cup events and establish a protective stewardship for future maritime events.

“We had been encouraged that at the earliest opportunity, over a year ago, AC35 chairman Mike Winfield and minister Grant Gibbons made statements in strong support of environmental awareness and protection.

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