You also know the damage carelessness can inflict on rivers, lakes and the ocean where you cruise. Discarded fishing lines or plastic bags wrap around a propeller, or large floating items scratch or damage a hull. Pollution from cleaning products, sewage, and oil or fuel takes a toll on water quality. Pollution makes the things we love to do on the water—swimming, fishing and watching wildlife—somehow less complete and less inspiring. Marine pollution poses health hazards to humans as well.
The good news is that every boater and marina operator can take simple, practical steps to protect the waters that our lives and recreation depend on. Those actions, multiplied across the entire boating community, add up.
Working in collaboration with the U.S. Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary, Ocean Conservancy created Good Mate, a public outreach program aimed at reducing and eliminating marine pollution and environmental degradation. Ocean Conservancy’s Good Mate program gives you simple, easy-to-follow guidelines for green boating.
And by sharing what you learn from Good Mate with the greater boating community, you can bring even more people on board and truly make a difference.
Take a moment now to see the easy tips that boaters can take to protect our ocean and waterways.
Start today with this list of steps you can put into practice at your marina to find new solutions for a changing ocean.
Download a copy of Ocean Conservancy's Good Mate Manual, an educational tool for recreational boaters; marina owners, operators and staff; and others concerned about marine and aquatic environmental issues.
The Good Mate program’s primary goal is to help recreational boaters and marina staff gain a better understanding and awareness of how they can help protect waterways while enjoying their recreational boating activities.
The long-term objectives of the Good Mate program are: