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Shipping and Recreational Boating

Shipping and recreational boating activities include among others; best practice facilities for marine waste reception, responsible ship waste disposal, and promotion of environmentally sound boating practices to marine business and boaters.

Marine Waste Reception Facilities Program
, Australia. The MWRF Program, funded through the Coasts and Clean Seas Program, delivers best practice facilities for marine waste reception at selected ports, marinas and boat harbours in all coastal States and Territories. Bord Iascaigh Mhara (Irish Sea Fisheries Board, BIM), Ireland, works closely with the Department of Communications Marine & Natural Resources to assist with improving waste facilities in fishing ports.

Green Port Project North Sea
project aims at developing a management system for the collection and disposal of ships' waste generated in the North Sea Region.

Cumbria Marine Litter Project
, United Kingdom, aims to quantify the extent and nature of the marine litter problem on the Cumbrian Coast and find solutions to reduce it. CMLP activities include a Port Waste Management Campaign addressing the issues of fishing-related waste, and information to the general public. Mandatory Environmental Standards for Cruise Ships was adopted in July 2001 by the International Council of Cruise Lines (ICCL).

Minimal Impact Boating Project
, Australia, is a project co-ordinated by the Tasmanian Environment Centre to encourage boaters to adopt practices which reduce the adverse impact of small boat use on the marine and coastal environments.The project educates boaters on ways to ensure that the sea and coasts are kept clean from litter, pollution and introduced marine pests.

A Practical Guide to Good Practice: Managing Environmental Impacts in the Marine Recreation Sector
contains one section on how to handle sewage and garbage.

National Clean Boating Campaign
, United States, is a nationwide program of the Marine Environment Education Foundation. See also, Boating Litter & Fish Waste Fact Sheet and Best Management Practices Fact Sheet.

Boating Clean & Green Campaign
, California Coastal Commission, is an education and outreach programme that promotes environmentally sound boating practices to marine business and boaters in California. See also, 10 Tips for Boating Clean & Green, and the Catalog of Marina and Recreational Boater Pollution Education Materials.

Florida Clean Marina Programme
, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, aim is Clean Marina Designation.

Environmental Boater's Guide
, Ohio Department of Natural Resources. "This booklet is intended to guide you in being an environmentally aware boater." Contains information on how to recycle on board, about trash on the water, about sewage, how to adopt a waterway, legislation, etc.

Tampa Bay Estuary Program
, United States, provides information on how boaters can help avoid littering the Bay and thus improve the marine environment.

Vessels Assist Association of America Environmental and Safety Foundation
, United States, contains articles addressing boat owners, like 'Treat the Ocean like your Home: Keep it Clean', 'Trash Away! The Marine Environment...Enjoy It, Protect It'. and 'Reducing Marine Pollutants'.

EPA Vessel Sewage Discharge Program
, United States, addresses sewage and other types of environmental stressors that affect navigable U. S. waterways, including marine debris, and what can be done to control wastewater discharges from ships or educating vessel passengers about coastal and ocean waters.

Good Mate Program - A Clean Boating Program
- A Clean Boating Program, United States, is designed to raise awareness and promote environmentally responsible boating and marina operations.