Ocean Isle Marina is now officially a state-certified Clean Marina.
The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Coastal Management earlier this month certified the Brunswick County marina as the state’s latest North Carolina Clean Marina, a designation given to marinas that exceed minimum regulatory requirements.
The division said the Clean Marina program illustrates how marina operators can help safeguard the environment by using best management and operation techniques that exceed environmental requirements. To earn the certification, the marina’s owners control boat maintenance and prepare spill-prevention plans to protect water quality. Marina operators also incorporate safety and emergency planning for their facilities.
“The partnership with marinas in the Clean Marina Program is critical in implementing environmental best management practices to protect, maintain and improve water quality in North Carolina,” Division of Coastal Management Director Tancred Miller said in a statement released Tuesday.
Clean Marina is a voluntary program in which participating marina operators must complete an evaluation form about their use of specific best management practices to protect water quality. If a marina meets Division of Coastal Management criteria, it will be designated as a Clean Marina. Such marinas are 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, officials said.
Clean Marina is a nationwide program 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 adopt Clean Marina principles to fit their own needs.
The North Carolina program is a partnership between the Division of Coastal Management, the Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership, North Carolina Sea Grant, the U.S. Power Squadron, and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.