Ocean Conservancy updates green-boating guide

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Ocean Conservancy released its updated Good Mate Manual for green boating.

Boaters and marinas can use the short book of tips and best practices to improve the quality of waters and boating experiences.

Working in collaboration with the Coast Guard and the 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 provides guidelines for green boating.

The long-term objectives of the Good Mate program are:

• Helping boaters and marinas develop and incorporate environmentally friendly management strategies in six areas: oil and fuel, sewage pollution, vessel maintenance and repair, marine debris, storm water runoff and vessel operation

• Educating and training recreational boaters and marina staff to be informed and educated stewards of waterways

• Helping boaters and marinas realize economic benefits while promoting environmentally friendly procedures

• Fostering cooperation among groups interested in the use, quality and enjoyment of local waters

• Keeping boating fun by maintaining a safe, pleasant and clean environment.

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