The business of boating depends on a healthy ocean. RIMTA has created programs and partnered with leading environmental organizations to give marine businesses clear guidelines on steps they can take to run a greener operation.
Read on for an overview of environmental programs for R.I. marine businesses
Become a Zero Plastics Marina
Did you know that eight million tons of plastic are dumped into the ocean every year? At this rate, the ocean will contain more plastic than fish by 2050.
The R.I. Department of Environmental Management in partnership with RIMTA and marina operators launched a local initiative in 2018 to keep plastics out of Narragansett Bay and off our coastlines. The Zero Plastics Marina Initiative is a voluntary effort where marinas will prevent pollution, encourage recycling, educate and clean the coastline by keeping plastics out of the ocean.
Click here for a list of 10 pollution-prevention steps you can take to be a Zero Plastics Marina. This initiative is a great first step toward running a greener operation.
If you’d like to learn more about marine debris and how the RI-based organization Clean Ocean Access has worked with marine companies on this issue, read our story here.
Clean Marina Program
The Clean Marina Program is a voluntary initiative designed to reward marinas that go beyond regulatory requirements by applying innovative best management practices for pollution prevention to their regular operations. The R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council developed the program with RIMTA, RI Department of Environmental Management, RI Sea Grant, and Save The Bay.
A Clean Marina Guidebook and self-assessment checklist have been developed to help marinas achieve the designation. Click here to learn more.
Read a story here about how RIMTA member New England Boatworks earned the Clean Marina distinction.