TALLAHASSEE ? With the sun-drenched summer on its way, the Florida Department
of Environmental Protection?s (DEP) Clean Marina Program is reminding Floridians
to add some green to their deep-blue-sea endeavors this boating season.
?The returning warm weather reminds us why we value Florida and its endless
recreational opportunities,? said DEP?s Director of Sustainable Initiatives Deas
Bohn. ?The proactive efforts that protect Florida?s natural beauty are often
overlooked, but through simple, everyday boating tips from the Clean Marina
Program, we can express our appreciation for the beauty our state provides us.?
In time for the boating season, the Clean Marina program recently designated
St. Johns Boat Company, in Jacksonville, as the 33rd Clean Boatyard in the
state, adding four wet slips and a pumpout to the Clean Marina community. This
latest designation provides a prime example of efforts embracing Florida?s clean
Boaters wishing to adopt eco-friendly practices should implement the
following boating tips:
? Fill fuel tanks just before leaving on a trip.
? Use oil absorbent
material to catch drips from the fuel intake and the vent overflow.
? Place oil absorbent material or a bioremediating bilge
?sock? in the bilge to prevent oil leakage into waterways; replace regularly.
Secure fuel hoses to prevent chafing and leaks.
? Use phosphate-free, biodegradable and non-toxic cleaners to clean.
? Conserve water; use a spray nozzle on hoses.
? Keep vessel engine clean to spot and repair leaks.
premium two-cycle engine oil.
? Never discharge raw sewage. Use marina pumpout stations
and rinse holding tanks regularly.
? Use restrooms on shore.
Protecting Sensitive Habitat
? Avoid contact with submerged aquatic
vegetation (SAV) such as fragile seagrass beds.
? Watch the wake; it can lead to
shoreline erosion and disturb wildlife.
? Buy products without plastic or excessive packaging; plastic
is deadly to fish and birds.
? Do not toss cigarette butts overboard; they are
made of plastic (cellulose acetate).
Be a Responsible Boater
? Obey laws governing speeding, littering and
? Support marinas that are environmentally responsible.
The Florida Clean Marina Program is a voluntary designation program with a
proactive approach to environmental stewardship. To become designated as a Clean
Marina, facilities must implement a set of environmental measures designed to
protect Florida?s waterways. These measures address critical environmental
issues such as sensitive habitat, waste management, stormwater control, spill
prevention and emergency preparedness.
The Clean Boating Partnership is a consortium of industry leaders who
contribute time and input to the Clean Marina, Clean Boatyard, Clean Marine
Retailer and Clean Boater programs which DEP administers to protect Florida?s
waterways. The partnership includes DEP, Marine Industries Association of
Florida, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, University of
Florida Sea Grant Program, United States Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary.
Put back in the total number of designated members here.
To learn more about the Florida Clean Marina Program and clean boating