Practice Green Boating
Boating is associated with so many enjoyable outdoor activities: wildlife watching, swimming, fishing, snorkeling and diving. Each of these experiences is enhanced by the clean water needed for a healthy ocean.
Unfortunately, mishandling a boat can harm ecosystems, wildlife and water quality. Improper handling, irresponsible or neglectful vessel maintenance, and poor refueling, repair and storage habits all present environmental risks. Reducing these risks not only helps preserve clean water and protect the animals that live in it, but also keeps boaters and their families safe – and could even save you money.
As a boater, you are in a unique position to be a leader in water protection. Biscayne Bay Foundation program provides five easy ways boaters can protect our ocean and waterways:
- Be a leader in your community Talk about marine litter prevention with members of your boating community, from your neighbor in the next slip to boating clubs and marina managers
- Offer your time Volunteer in boat and marina cleanup programs, especially at sites only accessible by boat. And participate in Biscayne Bay Foundation Beaches and waterway cleanup
- Accidents happen Be prepared with absorbent pads to clean oil or fuel spills. Dish soap doesn’t work. It just causes those liquids to sink and contaminate the bottom.
- Take it all back to shore Don’t allow cigarette butts to go overboard; small but significant, they are the most prevalent marine litter item found during our cleanups Dispose of them properly onshore
- Set the pace. Recycle everything you can, from beverage containers to propeller-snarling fishing line or plastic bags.