Boaters, captain and crew, local marinas, dock and boat ramp owners, boat retailers and suppliers can all get involved in pollution prevention by adopting best management practices outlined in the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Division's Clean Marina Program (CMP).
These environmentally friendly marinas adhere to or exceed program criteria, including Marina Environmental Measures or MEMs, which are simple, innovative solutions to day-to-day marina operations that protect the environment. The MEMs have been developed through examination of best management practices around the country and the partnership of Florida’s marinas, boatyards, boaters and government
Florida’s Clean Boater Program encourages boaters to adopt environmentally friendly practices that safeguard our waterways. Some of the program’s best management practices include:
- Disposing of waste by utilizing a pump out station. Never throw waste overboard.
- Use bilge socks and fueling collars
- Be aware of navigational and environmental signs such as shallow waters, no wake zones, sea grass beds, manatee zones and other endangered species habitats
- Implement Best Management Practices for Boat Cleaning and use environmentally friendly products
Using these practices, as well Green Your Boating Routine tips, will help protect our waterways and keep them clean.