The Association of Marina Industries is developing a national Clean Marina program to provide certifications in states where no program exists, the organization announced.
The national effort will focus on training marina managers, rather than certifying facilities. Once certified, the managers can certify marinas using an online portal. AMI expects to offer the training in the fall.
“This program is unique because it will focus on training the people responsible for implementing their facility’s clean marina program,” said Erin De Vries, who will lead the effort. “Training will be supported by an online system that allows clean marina professionals to certify and verify their facilities meet national clean marina guidelines.”
Sponsors include Safe Harbor Marinas, Suntex Marinas, Westrec Marinas and MarineMax. Safety, health and environmental compliance experts from these companies will serve as an advisory committee.
“Safe Harbor Marinas and our partners in this effort are committed to providing a safe and clean environment for our boating members and guests,” said James Phyfe, chief resource officer with Safe Harbor Marinas. “A national program with consistent standards and a verifiable process will allow the marina industry to advance clean marina ideals collectively.”