RALEIGH – Three coastal marinas have been certified, and 12 others re-certified, as North Carolina Clean Marinas, a designation given to marinas that go above and beyond the state’s environmental regulations.
The Sea Harbour Condominium Yacht Club in Oriental, the Shallowbag Bay Marina in Manteo, and the N.C. Dept. of Transportation’s Bayview Ferry Terminal in Bath have most recently earned the status as North Carolina Clean Marinas.
The Clean Marina program illustrates how marina operators can help safeguard the environment by using management and operation techniques that exceed environmental requirements. To earn the certification, the marina’s owners prepare spill prevention plans and conduct safety and emergency planning. Marina operators also control boat maintenance activities to protect water quality. Marinas must complete the re-certification process every three years in order to retain their certification as a North Carolina Clean Marina.
In addition to the three newcomers, 12 coastal marinas have been re-certified as North Carolina Clean Marinas. They are:
· The Boathouse at Front Street Village, Beaufort
· Carolina Beach State Park, Carolina Beach
· Coinjock Marina, Coinjock
· Cypress Landing, Chocowinity
· Federal Point Yacht Club, Carolina Beach
· Harbor Oaks Boataminium, Carolina Beach
· Harbour Village Marina, Hampstead
· Joyner Marina, Carolina Beach
· Mona Black Marina, Carolina Beach
· New Bern Grand Marina, New Bern
· Southport Marina, Southport
· Wilmington Marine Center, Wilmington
N.C. Clean Marina is a voluntary program that began in 2000. Marina operators who choose to participate are evaluated on their use of specific best management practices. Each marina must meet criteria developed by the N.C. Division of Coastal Management to be eligible to fly the Clean Marina flag and use the logo in their advertising. The flags signal to boaters that a marina cares about the cleanliness of area waterways.
The Clean Marina program was developed by the National Marine Environmental Education Foundation, a nonprofit organization that works to clean up waterways for better recreational boating. The foundation encourages states to adapt Clean Marina principles to fit their own needs. The North Carolina program is a partnership between N.C. Boating Industry Services, the N.C. Marine Trade Association, the Division of Coastal Management, the Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Program, N.C. Sea Grant, the U.S. Power Squadron, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and N.C. Big Sweep. For more information, contact Pat Durrett with the N.C. Division of Coastal Management at (252) 808-2808, or visit the Clean Marina website at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/cm/clean-marinas.