Join the #cleanermarina movement
Why be a cleaner marina
Trees, plants and wild flowers are incredibly important for our keeping our global ecosystem balanced, healthy and cool. They are also hugely important to our wellbeing - our physical and mental health.
Plant and re-wild whether in pots, beds, baskets or the ground! Remember to keep your local ecosystem in mind and plant vegetation native to your area.
Anti-fouling and bottom-scrubbing.
Antif-foul paint is unfortunately a very toxic substance, full of chemicals and microplastics.
Let's encourage berth-holders and boatowners to safely and carefully remove old anti-foul paint, provide them wih hazardous waste facilities to dispose of the waste and recommend new, highly afforable alternative, biocide-free anti-foul techniques such as sonic devices or films.
Let's make sure we keep these toxins out of our seas and encourage a shift to better antifouling!
With over 8 million tonnes of plastic heading into our waters each year, there is a lot to clean-up and our marinas are usually safe-havens of slow moving water, which means waste can collect quickly here, and often.
Seabins, which gently suck in water and remove waste, microplastics and fuel, are aslo easy to get hold of and are affordable.
Beach cleans and marina cleans are also a great way to get everyone together for a social AND tidy up, particularly when there is no wind for sailing!
Anchoring and mooring rules.
Designated areas for anchoring and mooring helps to limit the impact our boats have on the seabed.
Anchors in particular can cause huge damage to seagrasses and corals, destroying these structures which are anywhere between a few years to a few thousand years old.
Pontoon moorings, advanced mooring systems and mooring buoys all help to restrict such damage to as small an area and as specif an area as possible.
If you are lucky enough to have seagrass, kelp forest or coral beds nearby, best to keep your boat owners, berthholders and vistors well clear!
Full waste and recycling facilities.
Boat maintaince and activities on the water can create waste.
Connecting with local waste and recycling facilities is incredibly important to make sure that landfill, recycling (for glass, cardboard, plastic, paper, aluminimum and tin) are set up in and around our marinas.
Hazaradous waste points for paint, oil, fuel and other chemicals are also a must-have, to prevent these substances ending up in landfill, our groundwater and our oceans.
And, don't forget a compost bin!
Low-tox, ocean-friendly products.
From deck-cleaner and washing up liquid to sunscreen, most of what is used on and around boats ends up in our marina and surrounding waters, whether directly overboard or through grey water.
Offering low-toxicity, ocean-friendly product recommendations to berthholders can really help reduce chemicals in our waters and pollution in our marinas, meaning a cleaner environment for us all to enjoy.
If you have a chandlery or marina store on-site, why not sell low-tox, ocean-friendly products there too!
Celebrate your species.
Our waters are incredible - home to millions of species. Our marinas are safehavens, not just for sailors and seafarers but also for some amazing creatures that use our marina structures as home, feeding grounds and playgrounds.
From pelicans and walruses to seahorses and jellies, investigate and celebrate your local marina species and let bertholders know what cool creatures are living alongside their boats!
Support life below the waterline.
There is a whole world beneath our pontoons and boats.
Seagrasses, mussels and oysters in particular favour safe, shallow UV light rich waters in which to live and grow.
Not only are these species highly important in preserving our marine ecosystem and food chains, they are great at filtering and oxygenating our waters - keeping them rich, healthy and full of life.
Let's protect them!
Cleaner, safer refuelling.
Over 90% of all oil and fuels spills in our global waters coming from every-day filling up our tanks and leaky engines.
Encourage bertholders to regularly check their engine s and provide facilities for safely disposing of hazardous chemicals and spoilt fuel.
Help prevent spills at your fuelling stations by providing an oil funnel for boat-owners to use when filling their tank. In case any spills happen, keep a sorbent boom to hand (it looks like a big sausage) and place it in the water over the spill to soak up the oil as quickly as possible.
Poo and pump-out facilities.
In some of our countries, holding-tanks and pump-out facilities are mandatory but for many, they still aren't.
Sewage contaminates the water, promotes the spread of viruses and bacteria such as E.coli, can reduce the amount of oxygen in the water by promoting species such as mucilage (or 'sea snot') to grow, as well as being unsightly and smelly.
Let's provide pump-out facilities in our marinas, giving boat-owners and borrowers a place to process their blackwater and reduce sewage in our waters.
At boatfolk, we take our environmental responsibilities very seriously. As a boating business the coastline is our lifeline, and we need to protect it for the generations to come. We believe that people and places can inspire, educate, and influence behaviours. We want the boatfolk community to have a positive impact on the marine environment (and the planet) and we know that this change must happen soon. The Cleaner Marina movement is an opportunity for the global sailing community to come together to drive real change and we are excited to be a part of it.
Yvan Bourgnon, founder The SeaCleaners
The environment is everyone's business, boaters, tourists, sailors... You must therefore embark with the environment in mind. In my opinion, the principle of freedom of navigation implies the freedom to engage in activities without harming nature. So we respect the sea, the oceans as well as the marinas. A marina is meant to be clean! Floating rubbish, oil-sprayed water, foul smells... apart from respecting the wildlife, a clean marina is as important for the people on board the boats as it is for those who come to enjoy its docks.
Angus Johnston, Ecoworks Marine
Promoting environmental responsibility within the Marine Industry is a part of Ecoworks Marine. We are keen to work with Cleaner marina to help promote best practice and work with marinas and berth holders to maintain and encourage healthy port and marina environments.
The water is our playground and it’s essential we preserve it so future generations to come can enjoy it as much as we do. Here at savvy navvy we work to break down the barriers that prevent people from getting into boating by helping people get out on the water with confidence. We also want to do our part to ensure we educate to protect our waters and leave them in the same, if not better, condition than we found it.
For centuries, marinas, ports and harbours have been our gateways, meeting and resting places, and play a really important role in helping our boating community, and beyond,keep our waters clean and healthy. We've been super inspired by the work of some marinas around the world and want to help champion and inspire others in the same.
As a marine business, we at Harba take it as a chance and responsibility to positively impact sailing and marina best practices. Apart from our core business, we also strive to raise awareness among sailors and marinas as well as ourselves on how to become more mindful about our choices affecting the marine environment. We are extremely excited to join the Cleaner Marina project - it’s a smart, powerful as well as meaningful initiative uniting marinas and sailors for a cleaner and healthier world